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Sean Laurence noticed that Apple has added a Mac OS X Requirements page, which lists Mac OS X-ready Macs and states that 128 MB of RAM and 1 GB of disk space is needed for the installation. Not surprisingly, processor upgrades in Power Mac G3 systems are not supported. (more OS X news at osx.macnn.com)
Apple is currently quoting 7-10 weeks deliery on its high-end 733MHz Power Mac G4 systems from the Apple Store, while others indicate their orders from early January have been delayed as well. Lower-end 466- and 533-MHz digital audio Power Mac G4s appear to be in good supply at resellers and at the Apple Store, which quotes a 1-day delivery time for standard configurations and 10-days for BTO dual processor 533MHz configurations (which have already shipped to some). Readers, however, note that PowerBook G4s, which began shipping in limited quanities earlier last week, were not shipped to some who were promised tracking numbers by Feb 3 in a note from the Apple Store. (Apple\'s first-come-first-serve policy may not have been strictly enforced, according to a few readers in our forums.)
Gefen, Inc.\'s ex·tend·it DVI-to-ADC converter box extends any ADC (Apple Display Connector) device up to 18 feet away using a DVI cable for extension, allowing older DVI-based G4 machines to connect to newer ADC-based Apple monitors. The converter is expected to ship in 6 weeks, according to the Website (pricing not available). It requires a $50 ADC-to-DVI Adaptor (M-F) when used to extend ADC-equipped Macs. (Belkin recently confirmed that it was working on a VGA-ADC adapter and was gauging interest in a DVI-ADC adapter as well).
Bitzhead last week posted an update to its software analog synthesizer for the Mac, Retro AS-1 2.1.1 and its software sampler, Unity DS-1 2.1.1--both of which add direct USB support for Roland PC 300 USB MIDI keyboard. (Version 2.1 of each application added multiprocessor support for dual processor G4 machines.)
Sound Sculptor II 2.4.3 brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility to the $30 commercial-quality sound editor with overdubbing capabilities: It plays 8 tracks of stereo sound with precise control of volume and pan; records sounds in mono or stereo with input gain control; and includes a multi track mixer, which has level meters and controls.
Tascam\'s US-428 digital audio workstation controller now offers compatibility with MOTU\'s Digital Performer and now ships with Bias\' Deck LE multitracking software for the Mac. The company promises to ship a Mac version of Steinberg Cubasis AV software in Spring 2001 with its $600 USB controller. (Tascam also recently made a new version of its Tascam US-428 v2.00 driver available, which provides support for MOTU Digital Performer in addition to Digidesign\'s ProTools, Cubase VST, and other applications.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t