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Kodak today announced that it has licensed Apple\'s QuickTime technology for use in future digital devices that are currently in development. The agreement will enable Kodak to use the QuickTime format for video clips, which upcoming cameras will be able to take. [updated - story]
After introducing its first products based on the new technology yesterday, an IBM spokesperson said its silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, which enables the production of faster chipss, "will appear in a portable device this year."
Following the breakdown of its merger plans with Inprise/Borland Corp., MacNN has learned that development of Corel\'s Mac applications, including those acquired earlier this year from MetaCreations, will not be affected.
iMac2Day notes an iMac-styled pager from Motorola, a recent LA Times article that recounts one author\'s experience using the iMac DV, and a new driver for Griffin\'s iMate.
MacDeals! bargains today include special pricing on Power Mac G3 and G4 systems from Small Dog and Apple, refurbished external CD-R and CD-RW drives from MacResQ, a 21" KDS monitor for $600, and more.
Installer VISE 7.0, the latest version of the software-delivery software, is now shipping. The update adds support for eSellerate, the e-commerce system from MindVision; Mac OS X; and multiple installer options.
Ricoh has introduced the Aficio 551 and 700 digital imaging systems for the networked environment. Features of both include the ability to scan up to eight jobs into memory, total capacity of 7,750 sheets of paper, 2,400x600 dpi and secure printing by using passwords. The Aficio 551, priced at $20,500, prints at speeds up to 51 ppm, while the 700, priced at $26,500, prints at up to 70 ppm. [site not updated]
MacSourcery, makers of screen-saver software, has released Cinemac for Director 1.5.6, which adds support for Macromedia\'s Director 8 Shockwave Studio. The software, which supports both Windows and Macintosh, converts Director files into screen savers in less than a minute. New users can purchase it for $300.
Sig Software\'s Classic Menu for OS X 1.0 adds the classic Apple menu to Mac OS X. "Put aliases of your favorite items in the Classic Menu Items folder, and they will appear in a menu in the menu bar."
Bruno Blondeau has posted iOrganize 2.1, an update to the $15 NotePad enhancement. The update adds a more powerful Find command, corrects the background color on the NotePad to be Appearance compliant and adds the ability to navigate using the keyboard in NotePad.
The $25 shareware PhotoCat 3.0 allows you to build catalogs of pictures using flexible filter options, index records, distribute slide shows and catalogs using PhotoCat Player, and automatically build web sites or FileMaker databases from catalogs. It is compatible with all QuickTime-compatible file formats.
Kyle Dixon pointed us to a note from an Apple representative on Apple Tech Exchange, which says that the recent Ethernet 1.0 update only applies to slot-loading iMacs: "The Ethernet Update 1.0 only applies to iMac (Slot Loading). We apologize for any inconvenience. A Tech Info Library article is in the works. The Software Downloads Web site will be update as well." [Apple\'s recently modified or created TIL aricles page has yet to be restored after Apple pulled the page more than a month ago and later promised the functionality would be restored.]
PC Data reports that Apple.com is back in second place for hardware sites most visited for the week ended May 20. It had 1.4 percent market share. Compaq.com was again No. 1 with 1.7 percent market share and Dell.com was No. 3 with 1.1 percent of the market share.
Yesterday we noted the release of Apple\'s Ethernet Update 1.0, RealPlayer 8 Beta, OrangeMicro\'s FireWire/Ultra2SCSI PCI card, and a beta release of Earthcast for Mac
A TIL explains that the power key on USB keyboards will not function properly if it is plugged into a self-powered USB hub, because "most USB hubs do not become active until they receive a signal from the computer."
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe