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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE