Apple has made its iPod Software 1.1 Updater, released on the Web in late March, available via the Software Update control. It adds audio playback and user interface improvements, equalization presets, shuffle by album, track scrubbing, Contacts, and additional languages: Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
Macromedia today announced that a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the software developer in a counterclaims patent suit against archrival Adobe Systems. Macromedia is expected to ask the court for an immediate injunction against Adobe to prevent further infringement of its patents, relating to blended elements and automatic re-blending features, allegedly infringed upon by the Adobe Illustrator suite. Adobe is expected to appeal the rulling, which awarded $4.8 million in damages. This comes on the heels of a ruling, in another case, that favored Adobe on other claims of patent infringement against Macromedia. Macromedia is expected to appeal the $2.8M verdict awarded to Adobe and moving forward with another case against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.
Red Rock Software, and the United States Department of Energy (Pacific-Northwest) have announced plans to release a Java version of MECcheck -- an application used by the construction industry to test modle energy code (MEC) compliance -- at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) conference this week. Red Rock Software was chosen for the project due mainly to its past experience with both Java and Macintosh programming. MECcheck will run on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X systems.
\"Chris\" describes a potential solution for the so-called death of many iPod digital music players. Several iPod owners have experienced a complete and permanent loss of FireWire connectivity from the device to a Macintosh. When presented with these unexplained occurrences, Apple\'s technical support department has been largely unable to remedy the problems and offered replacement units for $256 apeice.
Apple is reportedly setting up a retail store in Houston, Texas, according to job postings on Apple\'s career Web site. Positions are open at the Houston Galleria location in sales and management.
LabanWriter 4.3 is a free graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation, which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version allows users to export their scores in various image formats, and has been completely carbonized for OS X.
Phil Lefebvre notes the recently formed Quicken user support list: \"Quicken 2003 beta testing is under way, and several list members are also beta testers, so feedback on the list has a good chance of getting back to Intuit before the code is frozen.\"
Hewlett-Packard has posted updated Mac OS 9/OS X drivers for its OfficeJet G v4.26, OfficeJet D v4.26, and its HP PSC 900 v4.26 all-in-one machines.
Aurelon has released Coco 3.5, a $300 Photoshop 7 and OSX compatible plugin, which offers selective color corrections in the RGB, Lab, CMYK and MultiChannel modes: \"[it] is the smartest tool for dealing with non-standard jobs such as spot colors, bump plates, HiFi or jobs which will not be printed on a white substrate. CoCo works in a fundamentally different way than Photoshop. Colors are corrected in accordance to the relative distance to the source color.\" Upgrades are free for v3.0 owners.
Optigold ISP 2.9.9, a cross-platform ISP business software package, adds LDAP provisioning functionality (add, modify and delete entries record), new QuickDNS functionality, new reports, new email manager functions, new product package flexibility and other miscellaneous improvements. A free demo is available online.
MemoryPro 1.0 is a utility that can control the memory allocation settings of applications. It can adjust memory settings for several applications within a single window and can change memory partition settings even if the application is running.
Pedagoguery Software has released Poly 1.09, a $28 application for making paper models with your Mac. It includes new Polish and Italian interfaces, support for more file formats (STL, JIF, and PCX) and the addition of Geodesic spheres and domes.
Now AAPL Stock: 145.63 ( -0.24 )
Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE