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Apple posts new Switcher ads
Apple has posted two new 'Switcher' television ads on its Web site. Ellen Feiss blames her "berserk" PC for lost homework, while Tess Bethune describes increased productivity as result of her iBook purchase. Ms. Bethune was drawn to the iBook "good looks," and appreciates the Mac's ease of use.
Capitol Mac to offer keynote downlink
Virginia's Capitol Mac Macintosh reseller will offer a satellite downlink of Steve Jobs' Macworld New York keynote address Wednesday morning. Doors to the free event open at 8:30 AM ET, breakfast will be served.
MacNN MWNY chat
MacNN invites all of its readers to join us on the MacNN IRC Network for pre-Macworld Expo discussion. MacNN readers can also connect to the MacNN-Hashmark network for play-by-play discussion of Steve Jobs' keynote address tomorrow morning.
Tech news: Motorola sees worse loss ever
Motorola's net loss for the quarter jumped from $759 million to $2.4 billion on sales of $6.74 billion. The semiconductor maker and developer of the PowerPC G4 processor posted a small profit of $48 million, topping Wall Street estimates, before restructuring charges. The company said it had about $6.5 billion in cash and short-term investments at the end of the quarter.
Earnings conference call details
Apple CFO Fred Anderson kicked off today’s earnings conference call conceding that the third quarter "proved to be challenging.” Mr. Anderson emphasized that Apple did experience the typical seasonal uplift of Fathers’ Day and graduation sales. Falling 11-percent below original guidance, Anderson affirmed that third quarter results “fell in the middle” of revised revenue expectations.
Apple Q3 earnings: $32M profit, $1.43B rev.
Apple today announced a net profit for the third fiscal 2002 quarter of $32 million, or $.09 per diluted share. Profits are down sharply form the the year ago quarter, where the company announced a net profit of $61 million, or $.17 per diluted share. Revenues for the quarter were $1.43 billion, down 3-percent from the year ago quarter, and gross margins were 27.4 percent, down from 29.4 percent in the year ago quarter. Apple shipped 808,000 Macs this quarter, down 2-percent from the 2001 quarter.
Macromedia posts Flash 6.0r40
Macromedia has posted a minor update to its popular Flash vector graphics browser plug-in. Flash 6.0 revision 40 works with Internet Explorer, Netscape or a Netscape-compatible Web browser. Details of the revision were not available at the time if its release.
TechTV: no live keynote coverage
TechTV today confirmed to viewers that it would not air Steve Jobs' Macworld New York keynote this year, despite previous indications to the contrary. Apple will not allow TechTV to air Steve Jobs' keynote speech live or in it's entirety at a later date. In the past, the technology-oriented specialty channel carried the semi-annual keynote address live, accompanied by TechTV commentary.
AG Neovo to showcase displays in NY
AG Neovo today announced that it would showcase its latest flat-panel displays at MWNY July 17 through 19. The award-winning flat-panel displays will be featured at the Ikebana booth, #1937. One highlight of the displays is AG Neovo’s NeoV Crystal Optic Filter, a "highly sophisticated" glass filter technology that delivers exceptional color reproduction.
Corel to demo CorelDRAW Suite 11
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11, announced earlier this month, will be demonstrated for the first time to the public at Macworld Expo in New York City. Suite 11 includes several enhancements, and introduces several new features to, the popular graphics software package. Group demos of the product will be offered at the Corel booth, #1671. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 will ship later this month for Mac OS X.
RADicode 1.0 converts REALbasic to PowerPlant
RADicode 1.0 is an application that converts REALbasic projects into PowerPlant projects with simple drag-and-drop. " By simply dragging and dropping a REALbasic project file onto the RADicode icon, developers instantly get well organized, documented source and resources allowing a smooth and rapid transition between prototyping and coding." The price is $150.
JobOrder 10.2 adds Digital Asset Management
JobOrder 10.2, a cross-platform business management solution, now offers Digital Asset Management. Version 10.2 provides thumbnails, keywords, user-definable asset subjects/types, Job check-in/out and instant searching through a database of information and images. Pricing is based on the number of simultaneous users.
IOGEAR recycling program puts cash in pockets
IOGEAR is giving consumers at Macworld the opportunity to save money on its latest MiniView III USB switch with the launch of the KVMP (Keyboard, Video, Mouse and Peripheral Sharing) recycling program. Attendees can pick up the IOGEAR MiniView III KVMP switch at Macworld New York, and sent back their old keyboard and mouse to receive $30-50 cash back.
Contour intros new jog & shuttle device
Modeled after the successful ShuttlePRO, developer Contour A/V Solutions today debuted a new five-button programmable jog and shuttle multimedia controller called SpaceShuttle. Pricing for the USB device has yet to be announced; Contour points to an August release. The SpaceShuttle works with Classic versions of the Mac OS, as well as Mac OS X.
Tech: McAfee bid, hacker sentences, XP media
Morning Tech news: McAfee is expected to reject a revised acquisition offer by Network Associates that would give the anti-virus software maker 0.90 of a share of Network Associates' common stock instead of 0.78 per share; hackers could face life sentences for malicious computer crime dubbed "cyber-terrorism," while police gain the ability to conduct Internet and telephone eavesdropping without obtaining a court order; Microsoft's new Windows XP Media Center aims to transform desktop computers into "remote-controlled digital entertainment hubs."
4-Sight 5.0: new user features to fax server
4-Sight Fax 5.0 is a Mac OS X fax server suite that acts as an automated hub for sending and receiving faxes via the Internet. Compared to a fax machine or single-user fax software, potentially dozens of network fax users can share a fax modem with 4-Sight. Version 5 introduces a convenient email interface that allows users to create personal folders and multiple logins for local and remote access. 4-Sight Fax retails for about $495.
Reader: recent QT Pro key refunds issued
Noting that QuickTime 5 Pro registrations no longer work under QuickTime 6, MacNN reader Adam Jones writes "Just to let you know that if you bought your Quicktime 5 Pro key in the 30 days previous to Apple releasing QuickTime 6, you qualify for a refund (at least in the UK) Despite Apple Customer Relations UK telling me that nothing could be done, having only bought Quicktime 5 Pro a few weeks ago, further pursuit of this matter to the Apple Store UK revealed that I (and possibly many others) qualify for a refund."
iMac, FCP for learning to make movies
Star Wars Producer Rick McCallum suggests that aspiring movie producers should "Go out and buy an Apple iMac. Get Final Cut Pro and a video camera," in an effort to "learn how bad you really are [at making movies]. The more you learn about how bad you are, the more you'll be able to help a director."
ATI updates drivers for performance
ATI's latest drivers, July 2002 ATI Retail Update for its Radeon Mac Edition, Radeon 7000, Radeon 8500, and Rage 128 products, brings improvements and various bug fixes.
XtremeMac has new iPod bundles
XtremeMac is now shipping its $90 Get Connected iPod Audio Kit, which includes a deluxe iPod case, belt clip, earbud pouch, two swivel mounts, a neck Lanyard, car charger, iShare Earbud splitter, 3 audio cables and an audio cassette adapter. Also shipping is its six-piece Get Connected Bundle ($50), which includes an iShare Earbud splitter, two audio cables, car charger, and audio casette adapter.
Epson intros four-color inkjet: Stylus C42UX
Epson today announced a new four-color, desktop ink jet printer, the Epson Stylus C42UX. The $80 printer includes its Micro Piezo ink jet technology, offers resolutions up to 2880 x 720, and black text print speeds of up to 12 ppm and color graphic print speeds of 5.5 ppm. The USB printer includes "all of the necessary items in their original boxes to produce peak-performance output."
Microsoft expands on OS X marketing criticism
Microsoft's Kevine Browne continued the company's criticism of Apple's Mac OS X marketing efforts in a letter to MacUser UK: "We've announced that we are already working on the next major releases of our Mac products, but have concerns about the long-term because Apple has not focused on moving the Mac installed base to Mac OS X. Since OS X was introduced, Apple has spent 20x more on advertising iPods than on advertising OS X," Browne continues "We are concerned that Apple is simply assuming their existing customers will move to OS X."
Apple earnings due after market close
Apple is set to announce its third fiscal quarter earnings today after market close. Apple will webcast its earnings conference call -- following the company's report -- at 5 pm ET. In mid-June, Apple warned that its earnings would fall short, after it experienced soft demand in the consumer and creative markets such as advertising and publishing. Analysts surveyed by First Call/Thomson Financial estimate Apple will earn 9 cents a share. Bloomberg quotes Steve Jobs as saying "Not losing a lot of money is, unfortunately, a shining achievement in today's PC market," noting that Apple and Dell are among the few that are profitable, while CBS MarketWatch says that there are "many core issues facing Apple." A Boston Globe article explains the unstable iMac supply and demand ratio that hit Apple hard this quarter.
RedLightRunner selling Apple-branded watches
RedLightRunner.com is selling Aluminum Apple watches starting at $25, Think Different watches for $30, iWatches starting at $20, and Apple kids' watches from $6. The watches are new and ship inside an Apple logo collector's box. It has also added several new Apple collectibles, including over 30 items in its new "under $10" section."
Page Sender 1.2 adds Japanese localization
Page Sender 1.2 updates Smile Software's print-to-Email (PDF) and print-to-fax utility, adding a Japanese localization and a number of bug fixes fixes. A 30-day demo of the $20 shareware is available online.
Neural Network Kitchen Server Edition release
Neural Network Kitchen allows developers to build and test artificial neural networks with remote computation capabilities. The 'Server Edition' brings the ability to execute task on a remote OS X computer, and the "ability to shutdown your computer while your task is processing on the other computer." A 15-day demo of the $95 application is available online. Orders before September 15 are entitled to two free updates.
iPat Randomizer 2.1 manages iTunes playlist
Dave Slack's iPat Randomizer 2.1 is a freewarre AppleScript Studio application designed for creating random playlists from an iTunes library, allowing users to designate a specific size, track count and/or name for the random playlist. It can filter tracks used for the random playlist based on whether the Library track is enabled.
Forma 2.0: shareware strategy game
Degana has released Forma 2.0, a new shareware ($14) strategy game for Classic and OS X, in which players arrange blocks while avoiding obstacles and using special power-ups to erase the enemy slider blocks. Forma includes 17 levels, an assortment of blocks, power-ups and obstacles.
Gefen to ship ex-tend-it ADC Switcher
Gefen will begin shipping its ex-tend-it ADC Switcher designed to switch operations (DVI, USB and audio) between two computers using a single Apple Cinema Display on August 1st. The $450 device performs a complex DVI to ADC conversion within the Switcher itself "in order to accommodate most cross-platform computers, provided they are equipped with a DVI output for the monitor. With the ADC Switcher, no additional DVI adapter or hardware is needed."
License terms for MPEG-4 file format
MPEG LA today announced final licensing terms for the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License, one of core technologies underlying QuickTime 6. Manufacturers of Internet-based devices will be either (a) charged $0.25 per activated decoder and/or encoder with an annual cap of $1 million for decoders an $1 million for encoders and a royalty free use for the first 50,000 decoders as well as encoders in a calendar year; (b) may choose to pay US $0.25 per subscriber per year or US $0.02 hour of MPEG-4 video used with th same royalty-caps and subscriber exemptions; or (c) may pay $1 million annual paid-up fee with no royalty reporting obligation. Special reduced licensing is available to "enterprises" (parent entity and its subsidiaries that are at least 50% owned) and to licensees of the MPEG-4 Systems Standard without MPEG-J and to the MPEG-J part of the MPEG-4 Systems Standard, while different terms are available for Stored Video and cable/broadcast companies. Apple had delayed the release of QuickTime 6 earlier this year due to licensing concerns.
MUG Center offers Macworld user group guide
The MUG Center has made available MUG Pilot for Macworld Expo New York, a comprehensive PDA-based guide to all Macintosh User Group events and activities at the semi-annual conference and expo. MWNY attendees can obtain the guide at the User Group Guide Booth via infrared, or as a free online download.
The Fontz 3.4.2 adds favorites, better UI
To The Point Software has released a maintenance update to its versatile WYSIWYG font browsing utility. The Fontz enables users to browse existing fonts, see what they look like with different styles and group them in categories. Version 3.4.2 adds a favorites menu; includes an enhanced user interface and; has undergone several optimizations.
Apple posts QuickTime Broadcaster 1.0
Apple has posted a final version of QuickTime Broadcaster 1.0, its live encoding software that can produce and deliver professional-quality live events over the Internet. Along with QuickTime Streaming Server 4 and QuickTime 6, Apple's end-to-end MPEG-4-based Internet broadcasting system can reach any ISO-compliant MPEG-4 player. It is a free download.
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