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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Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I
Amazon Prime Now available via website
Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service is now available to use from the web, giving users an alternative to using the normal mobile app. Available as a free option for Prime subscribers in certain areas, the web-based service continues to offer the same selection of goods as the mobile version, and is still free for deliveries within two hours, $8 for within one hour. http://amzn.to/1UvqYgi