Greg Novick writes: \"There\'s a full page ad in the Business section of the New York Times today that I believe is an ad of Jay Chiat, of Chiat/Day, who passed away earlier this week.\" Jay Chiat\'s advertising agency created Apple\'s famous \"1984\" commercial, Mr. Chiat died Tuesday at age 70.
Adobe and Apple today announced \"Driven by Design,\" a free seminar cosponsored by the two technology leaders that aims to move Mac users to Mac OS X. With the release of Adobe Illustrator 10.0, and more recently Photoshop 7.0, both companies continue to promote Mac OS X as the premier platform for graphic design. The seminar promises to give attendees and \"industry edge\" and added skills in an increasingly specialized marketplace.
Dejal Systems today announced the availability of QuickEncrypt v3.2, the developer\'s flexible security tool for the Mac OS. This maintenance release contains a number of performance improvements to the $25 utility.
QiPo v1.5.7 is a Mac OS 9/X utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies by processing a QuickTime file and generating an image containing sequential frames of the movie. Version 1.5.7 has the ability to manage \'Get Info\' comments, an updated help file, \"remembered\" window positions and some minor cosmetic changes. [Classic, Carbon]
icWord version 2.1 extends the power and functionality of the Word/AppleWorks file reader with the addition of RTF file compatibility and support for graphics, tables, footnotes, colors, and page attributes. This update brings Mac OS X compatibility and is free to all license holders of the $20 application. [Trial - 2.5MB]
MacPro will open a retail store in the West End of Richmond, Virginia in mid-May 2002, according to a recent announcement by the company. The venture -- launched by a group formerly involved with Capitol Mac -- aims to provide Macintosh services and solutions in an \"exciting and friendly atmosphere\" and will be located in the Fountain Square Shopping Center.
Apple is planning to open its first retail outlet in Michigan at Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi, MI), according to the Detroit News, which reports the store may open as early as this summer: \"The store will be on the upper level near the Sears wing at the center...Construction has not yet begun, but a spokesperson for Taubman Centers, owner of the mall, said it could take up to 90 days to open the store.\" Also, a MacNN reader has noted that Apple is looking for Apple Genius\'s at a yet-to-be-announced store in Townson, Maryland. [updated]
DealNN notes Adaptect\'s trade up deal, where owners of PowerDomain 29160, 29160N and 39160 cards can recieve money back for purchasing Mac OS X compatible cards. Also, FirewireDirect has announced savings on numerous products, including Turbo External 40x CD-RW and the 4-bay 360GB FX Combo RAID with 40x CD-RW.
An auction for an original Apple I computer, with monochrom screen and cassette player, brought in $14,000 in bids. \"That\'s a far cry from recent years when similar machines sold for as much as $50,000,\" notes c|net.
A MacNN reader has noted that Microsoft has discontinued MS Project 4 for the Mac by pulling it off their price lists (in April) without public notification. \"This could easily be perceived as anti-competitive behavior, intended to maintain a Windows OS lock on corporate computers; although the actual circumstances are probably much more innocent, the effect is actual.\" Further information from Microsoft is not available at this time.
Apple CFO Fred D. Anderson has filed to sell 100,000 shares of the company\'s common stock, according to a Form 144 released Thursday by the SEC: \"Anderson listed April 23 as the approximate sale date for the shares, which he valued at $2.5 million.\"
Apple\'s Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro is among the winners of The 2002 Vidy Awards, which \"are presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology.\" The winners are selected at NAB by editors from the Videography Division of United Entertainment Media (including Videography, DigitalTV, Government Video and Digital Cinema magazines, as well as the Creative Planet Communities network of Web sites).
Research Systems has posted a statement (as well as a FAQ) on the development of an OS X version of IDL, which it announced last fall: \"...we have had a largely complete port of IDL for this platform since late last year. It is fully integrated into the IDL source code, and has been building and passing regression tests successfully as part of our nightly builds for months. However, our progress towards a releasable product has been stalled by slow progress in resolving some stability issues involving the underlying X11/Motif user interface components. \"
Digital Voodoo has reduced the price on its Iridium AV by 20% to $2000. The PCI card is an output-only 10-bit uncompressed QuickTime card for paint, compositing and video/audio output applications such as Adobe After Effects or PhotoShop, Discreet\'s Combustion, Toolfarm\'s ColorTheory DV or Boris FX. It is compatible with all standard definition design applications and supports 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 dual link video with the ability to manipulate video in YUV colorspace.
Apple UK is offering a free iPod connection Kit with the purchase of 5GB iPod trough June 29th. The iPod Connection ki includes an Auto Charger, Cassette Tape Adapter, Mini Stereo Extension Cable, Mini Stereo to RCA Cable, Mini Stereo Connection Cable, iPod cables and accessories Pouch.
MacZ Software has updated BetterCalc 4.1, its shareware calculator that can solve complex mathematical expressions and handle parenthesis and exponents. Version 4.1 has the ability to include comments in expressions, and a panel which allows for the defining and redefining of numerical or expression variable as well as fixes a few bugs.
dSoft has released an OS X version of AdAgentPlus, an integrated database system for advertising agencies or any business that needs to create, track and manage jobs. It also offers job costing, estimating, tracking and billing as well as a double entry accounting. Single and Cross-Platform multi-user network versions are available starting at $600.
Blue Label PowerEmulator 1.7, an update to the PC emulation environment application, offers support for the latest iMacs, supports a larger number of printers (including USB and network printers), has a new configuration manager for working with multiple PC operating systems, and includes an interface update.
Epson has introduced a new desktop photo printe, the Stylus Photo 2200, which uses seven-color UltraChrome inks. The new generation of pigment ink retains the advantages of high resistance to water and light and delivers a color gamut that is now \"extremely close to the gamut of the popular six-color, dye-based Epson inks with more vibrant and saturated reds, oranges and yellows.\" It offers print speed of four minutes for an 8\" x 10\" photograph on glossy paper, which is three times faster than its predecesso Stylus Photo 2000P. It has a sleek, modern, attractive case design and black and silver case color, offers a resolution of up to 2880 x 1440 dpi using four-picoliter droplets, has a printable area up to 13\" x 44\", a built-in automatic cutter that will easily cut borderless prints, and both USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. It is due in July for $700.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R