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Apple has posted an exclusive QuickTime trailer of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on its QuickTime Web site. The movie will debut in theaters on December 18, 2002.
Timeslips told customers today that it would cut support for the Macintosh version of its software, effective August 30. Current owners of the Mac version of Timeslips can upgrade to version 11 for Windows at a discounted price of $140, for a limited time. \"In our continued effort to focus our Windows product and how it can best serve our customers, we have made the difficult decision to phase out Timeslips for Macintosh from our product offerings.\"
Singlestep is distributing Peter Lewis\'s Check All TCP Services 1.0 application, which monitors/applies policies/actions for SMTP, POP, HTML, and FTP functions on any two domains. The $100 (per year) application displays control and status alerts in a unified visual control panel. It is built with VNOS, a developer tool that visuallly build intent-oriented applications to monitor, manage, control or interoperate any collection of networkable devices and applications. A 30-day trial is available. [registration required for download]
Peter Coffee of eWeek says \"For Plug-and-Play, I Pick the Apple,\" in a recent column that analyzes the plug-and-play implementation on various platforms. \"Then there was Mac OS X, where things just worked the way they should. Period.\" Mr. Coffee describes the difficulties in setting up software for devices on the Windows platform; contrasted to Apple\'s fool-proof FireWire and USB implementations.
Apple is planning to open a second retail Apple Store in Michigan, according to MacNN reader Mark Daniel. The retail store is being constructed in the Somerset Mall in Troy, MI and is listed in the mall directory. Apple is also planning to open a retail store in the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, WI, which is expected to open by September 2002, according to another reader.
Evening tech news: The number of personal computers shipped in the last 25 years has reached 1 billion, according to a report by Gartner Dataquest, which also indicates units shipped could reach 2 billion by 2008; a consumer group said today that proposed U.S. government policies could harm competition in the broadband Internet market; Microsoft aims to attract Java developers to its .Net software strategy, with the final version of Visual J#.Net.
Canopus today unveiled the ADVC-1394, an OHCI analog and DV capture solution for the Macintosh. The $250 device provides \"unparalleled\" picture quality from video imported from a DV camcorder. Compatible with Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and iMovie, the ADVC-1394 includes support for Canopus\' DV codec technology and compatibility with most FireWire cameras.
Apple has responded to the CERT Advisory CA-2002-19 noted here over the weekend, which described a security hole in BIND- and BSD- DNS libraries: \"Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server are not vulnerable to the issue described in this notice.\"
pearCalc 0.5 a free utility that functions as a calculator, application launcher and \"text replacement tool\" for Mac OS X. The calculator mode offers basic mathematical operations, in addition to being parenthesis-aware. This version adds support for email and Web launching via the input field; supports \"text replacement in any editor;\" and has an auto-complete function.
Apple has become the charter member of a program launched by open-source advocacy-group Bioinformatics.org that aims at linking open-source developers with bioinformatics hardware and software vendors, according to GenomeWeb. \"Apple\'s new Co-Lab program hopes to nurture industry involvement either by co-locating software projects at its SourceForge-based Open Lab project or by hosting and sharing those projects with developers at vendor sites via the web...Apple has agreed to make a dual G4 server available to members of Bioinformatics.org through the program.\"
Jared White has posted an article detailing the features and importance of the Rendezvous networking protocol that will be shipping with \"Jaguar\", the next major release of Mac OS X: \"I believe Rendezvous will profoundly affect the way people use their Macs in a networked setting.\"
BKeeney Software has released Ugly Dockling 1.0, a $15 shareware \"dock organizer reminiscent of the Favorites menu in OS 9 and earlier. A simple contextual menu in the Finder adds applications, documents, folders and even drives to the Ugly Dockling menu.\" Meanwhile, the $15 Dock-It v1.0, a multifunctional launcher and Finder enhancer, includes the ability to create multiple docks. [UD, OSX]
Contour Design today launched Contour A/V Solutions, a spin-off company that will focus on the design and development of multimedia editing devices such as ShuttlePRO Multimedia Jog & Shuttle controller: \"Our emergence as a separate, privately held company is due in part to the tremendous opportunities we see in the audio, video and medical marketplaces.\"
direct 1.01 is a simple and convenient telephone dialer that can dial numbers from a user\'s personal Mac OS X address book or from a central LDAP address directory. It ships with a dynamic search function that presents all search resultsin a list. It also supports the OS X service menu as well as the Dock for integration with other applications. The company also develops TeamCall MacClient, which provides telephony integration under Mac OS 8-10 for AppleScript and AppleEvent-enabled software e.g. FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Outlook Express or Palm Desktop. TeamCall Server including 10 client licenses is 600†Euro.
eVision today released 30-day free download of its Java-based, cross platform software application for viewing, storing, and sharing photos: ePhoto 2.0. It also offers the ability to visually search the images or video frames based on any combination of color, object, shape and texture. The $20 application also extracts, analyzes, and indexes key frames from digital video to make them completely searchable.
James Sentman\'s Acgi dispatcher 1.1 allows \"you to write cgi programs in AppleScript that can be run with the Apache web server that is built in to Mac OS X. Version 1.1 of enables you to send any response type, not just an http \"OK\" message. You can now send errors, or redirects....All events to scripts are now handled asynchronously giving you better performance under load and when running multiple scripts at the same time.\" it is $15 for a home/educational license and $35 for a commercial license.
Trygve Inda\'s Time Palette 5.1 adds the ability to export monthly almanac data, a revised political map, and a new Atlas city database with updated time zone data to the world time and mapping tool. The $30 utility offers world time, alarms, international call scheduling, an almanac, distance calculator and worldwide weather.
Apple\'s new Check the Savings promotion offers discounts on periphals, productivity software, utilities, graphic software, and games with the purchase of Mac or OS X between July 1 and October 15, 2002. All 20 deals are available via mail-in rebates, including MYOB AccountEdge 2 ($75 off), Roxio Toast 5 Titanium ($20), IBM ViaVoice ($50), Adobe GoLive 6.0 ($200), CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 ($50), Microsoft Office v. X ($100), Office v. X upgrade ($50), and Connectix Virtual PC 5 ($40).
Automatic Sequence Export Pro from Automatic Duck offers the ability to translate sequences from Final Cut Pro to Avid Symphony and Media Composer editing systems. It translates multilayer sequences including metadata into a single file also provides support for dissolves, motion effects, log notes, nested sequences and sub clips. The $400 application is available as part of the $600 ACI FCP Pro Suite, which includes a plug-in set to export a Final Cut Pro timeline into either Avid editing systems or Adobe After Effects. It also introduced Automatic Composition Import DV, an Avid Xpress DV-only version of its OMF importer for After Effects. The $300 After Effects plugin offers the ability to export and import Express DV timelines. [updated]
OTAG has released a beta of HRM Reader beta, \"the first\" Mac OS X and OS 9 application for use with Polar Heart Rate Monitors. It allows users to download data from the popular Polar range of Heart Rate Monitors and to analyse & display the heart rate and speed data in various forms. It is available for Classic (with an OS X version \"coming soon\") and only supports Polar XTrainer Plus or Accurex II with Interface Plus (PE4000).
Apple today announced that is has begun shipping Xserve, its new rack-mount server, and tht it has received orders for over 4,000 Xserve servers since its introduction in May. Apple also released \"industry standard performance tests,\" which show that Xserve outperforms more expensive, similarly configured server offerings (from Dell, IBM, and Sun) in web serving, disk performance and running the mission-critical Biotech application BLAST. (MacNN noted that the Xserve began shipping late last week to customers.)
NewsHunter 2.0 adds a number of new features to the $50 Usenet newsgroup download application from Parker Software. Improvements include a much improved interface, threaded decoding and assembly of files, automatic folder creation, integration of Archer multimedia viewer technology, \"self-healing\" folders, improved file management, newsgroup synchronization, and support for SuffIt Expander and yEnc decoding. A special $25 discount ends today.
RedLightRunner today added 100 new rare Apple collectibles, including a rare 1970\'s era Apple Dealer Display Sign, early 1980\'s six-color Apple logo shoes, and several vintage briefcases and bags. Additionally, through volume buying, RedLightRunner is now able to offer their lowest prices ever on several items, including Apple pens, stickers, and folders.
JAW software has added OS X 10.1.5 compatibility to MPEG2Splitter 1.4.1, its $16 shareware for MPEG-2 movies that splits MPEG-2 files into smaller user-defined segments \"from any size source (even over the usual 2GB limit). This comes in handy when you need to re-encode video using programs unable to manage files bigger than 2Gb, or just to split encoding tasks.\"
Several readers note that Apple\'s Website went down last night for \"updates\" and currently has a note \"We\'ll be back soon.\" posted at its Website.
MailArmor 1.1 is an update to the Java-based application that helps reduce \'spam\' (unsolicited mail) by deleting messages at the server-level (before downloading). MailArmor now allows you to send reports to SpamCop with a single click of a button as well as automatically checks each email against SpamCop\'s databases. Version 1.1 also adds a wizard/assistant to create new accounts, automatic deletion of messages at a user-specified spam-rating, improved performance, and other enhancements. It is free for personal use. [Classic, OSX]
Apple today announced it has acquired Emagic, a leading provider of professional software solutions for computer-based music production: Emagic\'s flagship product, Logic, is actively used by over 200,000 musicians around the world. Apple says that Emagic will operate as a wholly owned division of Apple. \"Emagic has set the industry standard for professional music creation and production,\" said Sina Tamaddon, Apple\'s senior vice president of Applications. \"We\'re very excited to have the Emagic team join Apple and create more amazing products for musicians.\" Mac-based products account for over 65 percent of Emagic\'s current revenues. Emagic\'s Windows-based product offerings will be discontinued on September 30, 2002.
Button Builder extreme 3.0 is a utility made with REALbasic that automates the process of building Web rollover buttons. In addition to building three-state buttons, Button Builder extreme offers many sizing templates to help start projects. Button Builder extreme sells for $20 as shareware; includes support for most image formats; and utilizes a plug-in system that allows users to add custom buttons.
Canon has unveiled its GL2 digital video (DV) camera. The stylish camcorder offers full 1.7-megapixel video quality -- delivered by a three-CCD (charge-coupled device) configuration -- which yields \"outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction and [..] no color noise.\" The camera features FireWire connectivity; includes several exposure modes; features audio and picture adjustments; and offers various aspect ratios.
ArcaneWare has released SerialStorage 1.0, a shareware utility used for the secure storage and easy retrieval of serial numbers and account passwords. The $10 Classic and Mac OS X-compatible application offers full multi-user functionality, in order to provide security and flexibility in a workplace setting. [Classic, Carbon]
iDVD Backdrops volume 1 is a $15 set of backgrounds for use with Apple\'s iDVD authoring suite. The backdrops fall into ten themes, which include nature and technology. Volume 1 is available immediately; a second volume will be available in late summer.
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Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ¬≠Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
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