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Kusuma has released new laptop carrying cases for the iBook and Titanium PowerBook. The lines include three styles fore each: MacCase sleeve, binder and carrying case. MacCase for iBook is black in color with a white band in the middle across the cases, while MacCase for PowerBook is titanium colored. The new carrying cases are fully padded on every side, made from waterproof fabric, and have soft velvet interior. MacCase sleeves are designed to be used in conjunction with a carrying case, the binders can be carried in a briefcase or backpack, while the carrying cases have extra storage for a power cord, zip drive, software and personal items.
Eric Wasserman writes about a solution to Power Mac G4 firmware issues: \"After talking to an Apple Product Specialist I was able to fix the problem I encountered after upgrading my firmware to 4.2.8, namely the firewire bus not recognizing DV devices. I\'m passing on the procedure to everyone who may need it. (1) Shut down; (2) Start up holding command+opt.+O+F; (3) At prompt release keys; (4) At second prompt type: reset-all .\"
Qualcomm, developer of the Eudora e-mail client, has posted earnings for its fourth quarter of 2001. Pro forma revenues were $651 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001, an increase of 6 percent over the year ago period. Pro forma earnings per share were $0.20 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001, compared to $0.23 per share in both the year ago period and the third quarter of fiscal 2001. These results are $0.02 per share lower than the forecast made by Qualcomm financial officials in July 2001
Shapiro Consulting today announced it the OS X version of its Asiva Photo application is currently in beta testing. Asiva Photo 1.1 is expected to be available \"no later than 29th November 2001.\" It offers the ability to make color corrections and enhancements without the use of masks: \"By not using masks, you never have to worry about unnatural edges and their inherent problems. Sometimes even creating a mask would take many hours, and the result still wouldn\'t be acceptable looking.\" Other effects include the ability to soften and sharpen objects, increase saturation, brighten or darken areas and create special effects. Version 1.1 is expected to be a free upgrade to the $380 application.
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown has initiated coverage of Apple Computer Inc. with a \"`market perform\"\' rating. DB Alex Brown analysts said Apple has a strong balance sheet, an excellent management team, a loyal customer base as well as a powerful brand. As of 3:30 PM EST, Apple\'s shares stood at 19.831, up .261 points on volume of 5,493,800.
Several readers today report receiving confirmation of iPod shipments: \"[it] is en route via FedEx from Chung Ho City, Taiwan ROC. Appears that rumors about Inventec were false and production is by GVC?\"
Belkin has introduced a new line of USB Media Reader/Writers that allow transfer of data from media cards in a host of digital devices to Macs. The line consists of a USB Media Reader/Writer for CompactFlash priced at $30; a USB Media Reader/Writer for SmartMedia priced at $35; a USB Dual Media Reader/Writer for CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards priced at $50; and a USB Media Reader/Writer for MultiMedia Cards/Secure Digital Cards priced at $30.
VesperWorks has released QiPo 1.5, utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies. Version 1.5 now runs natively under OS X, automatically processes items in a \"watched\" folder, and has other bug fixes. It is a free upgrade for registered users, but requires a new serial number. [Classic, Carbon]
Dantz has sent us a FAQ on the status of Retrospect Backup for OS X, noting that \"Dantz has more Mac engineers now than at any point in history, and we are strongly committed to bringing Retrospect to Mac OS X.\" The company notes that continuing issues with OS X, including OS X 10.1, have prevented it from successfully developing Retrospect 5.0.
Totally Hip today announced a limited-time special on a new OS X QuickTime Authoring Suite, offering reduced pricing on its bundle of HipFlics 1.1 (digital video compression), LiveSlideShow 2.0 (presentation software), and LiveStage Professional 3.0 (interactive video authoring). The $900 bundle offers a savings of $150.
Textation 1.0 is a QuickTime text track editor, offering on-the-fly previews, editable font attributes, simple text placement options, and support for Chapter and HREF tracks. A demo of the $30 utility is available online.
PC Magazine\'s review of the iPod says: \"Leave it to Apple to come out with the world\'s coolest MP3 player...this beauty has more than good looks going for it: Its usefulness and simplicity make it a standout product, even for the price.\" The product received 4 out of 5 stars due to occasional freezes (requiring a restart) experienced during testing, although Apple relegated the problems to \"pre-release\" software.
Apple\'s WebObjects 5 Update 3 contains bug fixes for WebObjects 5 on Mac OS X (Server) 10.1, and is required to run WebObjects on OS X 10.1. The update includes changes from Update 1 and Update 2 and also includes an API change which corrects an incompatibility between WebObjects 4.5(.1) and WebObjects 5, requiring a rebuild of some applications with minor source code changes to run on systems with WebObjects 5 Update 2 or later installed. [Developer, Deployment]
MusicMatch today announced retail availability this week of the latest version of MusicMatch Jukebox Deluxe for Mac, which offers the ability to organize and play a variety of music on the desktop and burn custom mix CDs as well as a multi-band equalizer. The $30 package ships with 65 free MP3s from eMusic, Epitonic and Vitaminic; a stereo-to-computer connector cable; and a blank CD-R disk.
Andrew Pritchard\'s Etchelon Tracer 4 is a tool for developing animated movies using Apple\'s QuickTime format. It uses vector- and bitmap- graphics morphing to develop animated movies. Etchelon Tracer will morph from any key frame to any other key frame to provide animation, morphing or special effects. Version 4 has a new interface, QuickTime integration, new sequencing and control, new bitmap tools, and improved file management. Upgrades to the $27 shareware are $10 for registered users.
As noted by a MacNN reader some time ago, \"Waking Life\" used Apple technology in both pre- to post-production and allowed filmmaker Richard Linklater to produce the first-ever independent feature-length animated movie for the same cost as a typical independent film.
Following up on notes about disabled FireWire buses with the recent Power Mac G4 firmware update, Max Schaefer writes that \"there appear to be widespread problems whereby FireWire (or at least DV camera connectivity) is disappearing in either OS 9 but not OS X or (as in my case) OS X but not OS 9. The Apple discussion boards have two threads on this: [thread 1] and [thread 2].\"
ConceptDraw v.1.71 adds a streamlined interface, PNG format support, improved EPS export, more shortcuts and improved performance under OS X to the flowcharting and diagramming software package.
Early morning tech news: IBM is developing a new drive format dubbed \"pixie dust\" which will reach capacities as high as 100 gigabits per square inch by 2003, which translates to hard drive capacities of 400GB for desktop drives; While Key3Media will allow attendees to bring laptops to the upcoming Comdex show, they will not be allowed to bring any type of bag, including those used for portable computers; 9 of 18 states have agreed to a deal that will settle the Microsoft anti-trust case.
OSOpinion has published an article entitled \"Small Step for iPod, Giant Leap for Apple,\" in which author Anthony Martello discusses the possibility of Apple\'s new MP3 player expanding Macintosh market share. \"The iPod is a great way to get PC users into the Apple retail stores and have them actually buy something,\" says Martello.
We\'ve published a review of Netscape 6.2, the newly released, Mozilla-influenced, and Mac OS X compatible package that offers web browsing, e-mail, and instant messaging capabilities.
4D, Inc. announced that it is making 4D Academic Standard Edition available for free to academic and not-for-profit organizations. It is a full production version with no limitations in functionality and includes the 4D application, 4D Runtime and additional 4D utilities. It also makes available free lesson plans, example databases which illustrate relational database application design and theory.
Eric Wasserman writes that the Power Mac Firmware 4.2.8 update has disabled his FireWire bus: \"I am not alone. This is a serious issue for me as my profession is DV editing. [see Apple Support Site]\"
eggTime 1.3 is described as \"little countdown timer. It will ask after how many minutes it should warn you and puts a display file on your desktop; the display filename shows you the time left.\" The freeware can launch a file or provide a visual/audio notification.\"
iTunes Remote 1.0 is a \"skinnable\" remote for iTunes that utilizes a floating window that can switch tracks, play, stop, pause, turn the volume up or down, mute the volume, eject a CD, and jump directly to iTunes. The $4 shareware offers both button, orientation, and skin customization.
Travis Hill\'s Notify Ally 1.0 is a utility that will \"notify people when a product comes in stock, when a website changes, or whatever else people can dream up. It can send text to a phone, email, or just put a message on the screen.\" [Classic, Carbon]
The Apple Student Core @ Emory and the Atlanta Macintosh Users Group are inviting members of the Atlanta community to an iPod Special Event this Thursday at 7:30pm at Emory University. The event features a presentation by an Apple iPod Product Manager as well as refreshments and prizes -- including a copy of Final Cut Pro.
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Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.