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MacNN Reader \"ber\" has provided us with an additional gallery with pictures from the Apple SoHo opening. ber notes: \"My comments were about how helpful the management [in SoHo] was -- especially today with so much new stuff being announced this week and old promo literature that doesn\'t reflect the new products.\"
Zettabyte Solutions can no longer sell its SuperDrive-equipped eMac computer, due to unspecified legal impositions, presumably from Apple. Zettabyte would modify Apple eMac computers to include a CD/DVD writer -- a configuration Apple has yet to offer in any stock eMac configuration. Zettabyte maintains that it will honor warranties on the several dozen units sold in the past 12 days. \"Zettabyte is a solutions provider and was trying to fill a need in the Macintosh community. We will continue, to the best of our ability, to furnish solutions wherever there is a need. \"
Apple faces an uphill struggle with its new \".Mac\" Internet-based services suite, a c|net article suggests. Instead of aiming to make a profit, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said the $100/year premium will allow Apple to offer a continually-improving and reliable service: \"We couldn\'t invest even more into it without making it into a sustainable business model.\" When asked if Apple would consider a $10 monthly fee for unsure users, CEO Steve Jobs said \"we might.\"
Deals Roundup: Macs4all has the Sonnet Crescendo PCI G4 800MHz upgrade card for $390; also offered from Macs4all is the CreMax SOHO RAID SR30001394A/USB 2.0 to IDE Hardware RAID 1 Mirrioing solution, priced at $400.
Macworld has released their \"Best of Show Awards\", representing the most exciting hardware and software products announced at Macworld New York.
Apple has posted Bluetooth Technology Preview 2.1, a new version of its Mac OS X driver software to locate and connect to wireless Bluetooth-enabled devices within range of your computer. The technology will be integrated into the Jaguar revision Mac OS. (Requires a Bluetooth adapter.)
A New York nightclub has substituted the two standard turntables found at a typical DJ station with two Apple iPod digital music players. The club, called Apt, encourages patrons to be the DJs. A stack of print-outs at the Manhattan club of all 3,000 songs are available to help DJs prepare their set list. As reported previously, the Remote Lounge \"digital entertainment\" club recently hosted \"Lapdance,\" a showcasing of DJs who use PowerBook G4s.
Celview 3.0.1 is a minor update to the 5250/3270 terminal emulator for Mac OS 9/X that offers file transfer enhancements, keyboard support for new Mac laptops, and bug fixes. Celview ($200) is the first terminal emulation tool for Mac OS X, used to interface with mainframe or AS/400 computers.
AutoMask 4.6 from Human Software is a Photoshop plug-in that offers \'multiple-masking\' of any RGB/CMYK photo or layer, making it possible to mask \"the most difficult silhouettes.\" AutoMask offers unlimited zooming and works with user-definable color ranges. The latest revision is offered as a filter, making it compatible with applications that support Photoshop 4 to 7 plug-ins.
Full MacNN coverage of Macworld New York includes: [new] Apple SoHo Tour [new] First Take: New iPod Apple Store SoHo Photo Gallery Day 2 show floor photo gallery Day 1: Applications Review Photos from Apple\'s booth at the Expo: I, II, III. Keynote Photo Galley Expo Keynote Coverage Live Keynote Coverage Notes 3Q Conference Call Earning details
DAMSEL (Digital Audio Miracles Selective Equipment Liaison) is a $750 pro audio utility designed specifically for transferring audio files from a RADAR Hard Drive to the user\'s DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). It produces a bit-for-bit accurate copy of the original source material without \"any of the inherent problems associated with conventional digital audio transfers.\" DAMSEL currently allows transfer of Radar II and Radar 24 files into SDII, Broadcast Wave and AIFF file types. Bi-directionality (conversion back to Radar files) is currently in testing and is expected to be released by August as a free upgrade.
Mark/Space has released The Missing Sync 3.0, a $30 collection of USB drivers and software for syncing Palm-OS based handhelds. It adds OS X support for HotSync and Memory Stick mounting and support for the Sony CLI… handheld, as well as integration with iTunes and iPhoto import/export, a new English/Japanese installer, and mass storage memory stick driver for OS X and Classic. Online upgrades are $15.
eAuthorize 3.0 is a plug-in for FileMaker Pro that processes credit cards and electronic checks from within a FileMaker database solution. eAuthorize has already \"done all the work,\" so very little user configuration is necessary. The $250 package has received praise from Apple\'s Todd Harper: \"eAuthorize is easy to set up and configure, and flexible enough to build a custom solution without the constraints of other authorization products on the market.\"
As noted yesterday, some users have started a petition for the return of free iTools email accounts, the inclusion of .Mac services with every new Mac and a 50 percent price cut. Meanwhile, another group of users has started a petition favoring the current .Mac set up, to show support for Apple.
Coda\'s Music\'s MakeMusic! today announced the release of Finale 2003 for the Mac. New features in the major revision include: a new music sheet scanning technology, better TAB notation features, a Rhythm Section Generator for automatic composition and a \'Rhyming Dictionary.\' Yesterday we reported that Finale 2003 would not ship for Mac OS X.
A note on Apple\'s Final Cut Pro 3 Web site indicates that QuickTime 6.0 has not been qualified for use with the video editing suite. Apple advises users to continue using QuickTime 5.x until further resolution.
A Washington Post article that recaps the Apple announcements from Macworld New York also offers interesting perspective from Adobe. Adobe\'s Kevin Burr comments that the company opted-out of the New York trade show because it attracts less Adobe customers. Adobe will reportedly continue to attend the annual Macworld San Francisco expo: \"The West Coast show has traditionally been more successful for us, since we\'re able to reach more Adobe Macintosh customers,\" Burr said. Interestingly, Adobe recently launched a $3.25 million branding initiative with the tagline \"Tools for the New Work,\" seen on New York billboards.
As the megahertz gap widens between Intel-based PCs and the latest PowerPC Macs, some analysts are urging Apple to reconsider its microprocessor strategy. When asked if Apple would seek an alternative to Motorola\'s PowerPC, namely chips from Intel, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company first had to finish the transition to Mac OS X: \"Then we\'ll have options, and we like to have options,\" he said.
Digi 002 is a FireWire-based integrated control surface for use with the Pro Tools LE music production suite. The sub-$2500 \"finger-friendly\" device is an efficient solution to edit, process, mix and master projects. The Digi 002 can also be used as an 8x4x2 digital mixer complete with EQ, dynamics, delay, and reverb with snapshots.
ATI today announced its new Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9700 graphics cards, which are due later this summer and early fall, respectively. The company claims the new cards will offer \"twice the graphics power and performance than any other chip on the market.\" The Radeon 9000 Pro Mac Edition will offer 64MB of DDR memory and dual-digital display (both ADC and DVI-I) and a new quad-pipeline 3D architecture. The Radeon 9700 will offer 128MB of DDR RAM and eight parallel rendering pipelines and floating-point color precision. Pricing was not available.
Sonny Software\'s Bookends 7.2 is described as a \"major\" release to the full-featured bibliography/reference and information management system. Version 7.2 adds brings an instantly updating database, improved handling of attachments, and improved support for keyboard shortcuts, handling of two-byte fonts, modification of Groups, and bibliography formatting as well as other enhancements. A 50-reference limited trial of the $100 application ($70 for students) is available online. Special competitive upgrade pricing is available to EndNote users. [Classic, OSX]
appMac today releaesd sMailing 4.0, an update to its personalized email software that offers an improved interface, optimized performance (up to 400% when sending messages with attachments), and real-time database display. The $60 application works under OS X and Classic. [Classic, OSX]
Apple has quietly revamped its CRT iMac product line, adding more memory to the base configurations and dropping the CD-RW Combo drive model, which was priced at $1000. The product line offers three configurations with the same 600MHz G3 processor, 40GB drive, CD-ROM drive, and 56K internal modem, but with 128MB ($800), 256MB ($875), and 512MB ($1025) of RAM, according to a MacNN reader. (Apple yesterday added a CD-RW Combo drive model to its eMac product line.)
Apple yesterday said it would sell Apple products in three high-profile designer furniture stores in the Netherlands, beginning September 1, contrary to a c|net report from last week which said that Apple had plans to open a retail outlet in Amsterdam. The Macworld UK report quotes the General Manager for Apple in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) as saying that the \"Apple stores are a US concept and \'will not come to Europe\'.\"
Jonas Salling has posted a beta of his application for synchronizing your Sony Ericsson mobile phone with Entourage and other applications. MobileSync 0.9b will expire on August 1st, and requires Mac OS X 10.1.5, a Bluetooth adapter, and a Bluetooth enabled Sony Ericsson phone (or another IrMC 1.1 compatible handheld device). Jobs yesterday demoed iSync, a new forthcoming \"landmark\" application from Apple with similar functionality.
MacSpeech today announced an OS X version of iListen, its flagship speech recognition product that works on both Mac OS X and Classic, as well as a new dictation-only product for Mac OS X called iDictate. Both products feature TalkAnywhere technology, which allows the user to dictate into virtually any Mac application.
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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.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko