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Pogue discusses Megahertz Myth in NYT
In an article for the New York Times, David Pogue discusses the on-going "Megahertz Myth" battle, comparing Mhz in computer processors to RPM (revolutions per minute) in a car engine - neither directly translates to speed. Pogue also tests the dual 800 Mhz G4 Power Mac in his report.
European Commission investigates Microsoft
The European Commission is investigating whether Microsoft Corp is trying to damage rivals by embedding its proprietary audio/video software, Media Player, into Windows. The Commission cites Apple's QuickTime as one of the victims, saying that the software is put at a competitive disadvantage to Media Player.
Autodesk acquires Media 100 software
Autodesk has acquired Cleaner, Cleaner Live and CineStream from Media 100. Some of the digital video editing products will continue to be developed for the Macintosh platform, according to sources. Media 100 will continue developing digital media systems, such as iFinish and Media 100i, as well as continuing support for its ICE family of effects acceleration solutions, and its MediaPress family of real-time MPEG-2 encoding solutions.
OSX: Smith Micro; New sonnet drivers
osx.macnn.com reports on an upcoming fax product due later this year from Smith Micro, whose FaxSTF package does not work in the Classic environment; new OS X drivers from Sonnet; and various other software updates.
NVidia unveils power-saver for graphics chips
Nvidia has unveiled a new technology dubbed "PowerMizer" that works with the company's notebook-targeted graphics cards to reduce power consumption significantly. PowerMizer will be used in the GeForce2 Go graphics set, which analysts speculate will make an appearance in one of Apple's upcoming portable models.
Ireland Apple online store opens
Tom Hayes notes the opening of a new on-line Apple store for the Ireland market, which opened yesterday. Ireland is the site of the Cork manufacturing plant, which has manufactured and supported Apple products for more than 20 years.
Apple opening Columbus, Ohio retail store
MacNN reader Jeremy Borger reports that Apple will open its Columbus, Ohio retail store at the Easton Town Center on September 7th at 9:00 AM. The store will be the seventh in Apple's retail chain, which will eventually include 100 separate outlets.
Apple on the History Channel
A MacNN reader passed along a note about Apple on the History Channel:
Today while watching the History channel at 12.30 western time, the show: Historys Lost and Found featured the making of the 1st personal computer the Apple One and where the computer was in the end. During the show they credited Steve Wozniak as getting the idea to make the Apple One a reality and Steve Jobs as the promotion wizard and money man pushing the product. I believe the apple part ran for about 6-8 minutes and included several interview clips with Wozniak and what he was thinking about when he ventured to build the worlds 1st personal computer. The history channel credited Apple with being the 1st personal computer maker and they followed where the worlds 1st ever personal computer went on its journey. In the end it was found in a educators basemnt whom Wozniak had given the computer to help out with schooling. At the end of the show they stated the computer was now in One Ifinite Loop, Palo Alto California.
Seybold contest entry date extended
The Art Software Group has extended the deadline for entries in the Seybold Seminars Digital Art Contest to September 7th. An independent panel of judges from the digital art community will choose the winning images from "Student" and "Non Student" categories among Macintosh-created entries. Winners receive a hardware and software package, a "Platinum Pass" to Seybold San Francisco, and various types of exposure.
WebPics 2.4 gets faster performance
WebPics 2.4 is the latest release of Steve Splonskowski's tool for building web page galleries from digital images. The new release sports a faster page building scheme, support for embedded QuickTime movies, and the ability to sort pictures according to creation date. [Classic, Carbon]
DragThing 4.1 adds enhanced visuals
DragThing 4.1 is a Carbonized release of TLA Systems' docking application for Classic and OS X environments. The new release sports enhanced visuals, unicode and long filename support, and significant performance enhancements.
LA Times: iMacs make calculus \"look easy\"
Calculus teacher Scott Malloy uses his iMac(s) to "make calculus look easy," as described by a feature article in The LA Times.
Demo days at CompUSA this Sunday
The first of Apple Demo Days of the Fall/Winter selling season starts this Sunday at CompUSA across the US, according to a MacNN reader: "This fall/winter selling theme is the Digital Lifestyle. Featuring new demos. Also Apple with have a new selling promotion for the fall/winter selling season."
Apple cuts few jobs, changes sales force
Apple has cut an undisclosed number of workers in the past week as it looks to make changes to its sales force, according to cnet, who confirmed the circulated rumors with Apple representatives.
Smith Micro developing fax app for OS X
A MacNN reader notes that Smith Micro mentions is developing a fax software product for use with Mac OS X, to be released "later this year in Q3," which "will apparently replace the venerable FaxSTF, which does not run in the Classic layer of OS X due to a lack of 'necessary serial support' from Apple."
Vincent Jalby has released FontBuddy 2.2, an update to his $20 shareware font viewer that displays all the characters of any font, provides keystroke(s), ASCII and Unicode for any character, and can print samples of both installed and uninstalled fonts. Version 2.2 now allows header text and alignment to be customized.
Iomega introduces new HotBurn CD mastering
Iomega's new Iomega HotBurn software for CD recording claims to "consistently performed faster thanthe industry leader for users of all experience levels." The software offers two-step music and data CD mastering, one-step CD duplication andconvenient CD imaging of multiple copies from a source CD and supports BURN-Proof technologies. Iomega will begin bundling the software in October and will offer a retail download in the fourth quarter of this year.
SmartWrap 2.0: text-editing modules for OS X
Selznick Scientific has announced SmartWrap 2.0, an update to its text utility that now runs under OS X as well as Mac OS 8/9. Version 2.0 includes a new Text Service for OS X, improved preferences, and multiple clipboard support. It is a $10 upgrade to the $18 application.
CoolCam 2.0: web cam app gets new features
Evological has released CoolCam 2.0 for Mac OS 9 and OS X, a $20 shareware webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items, all floating on top of live video from your camera. Version 2.0 adds a motion detection with unlimited motion sensors, timelapse QuickTime movie creation, support for any image size between 160x120 and 720x480 pixels, Internet Time support in clock items, automatic update checking, and other features.
ATI, Intel announce support for FireWire
ATI and Intel today announced their support for FireWire (aka IEEE 1394), noting that its new All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV graphics and multimedia card as well as its new DV Wonder PCI card both ship standard with FireWire connectivity.
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