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.
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 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.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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Calculus teacher Scott Malloy uses his iMac(s) to \"make calculus look easy,\" as described by a feature article in The LA Times.
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 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.
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\'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.
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.
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 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.
Using an iMac and iMovie, 17-year old Daryl Wein developed a 12-minute film, \"Life is a Train,\" that captured third prize in a film festival.
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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
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN