Apple has posted its iPod Software 1.2 on its Website, after pre-announcing its releases in latest edition of Apple eNews this morning. The new software will update older versions of the iPod with new software that features contacts, calendar, clock, Audible.com support, Sound Check functionality, play count tracking, and other enhancements shown at Macworld Expo NY. [updated]
The Apple Store in the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa (Milwaukee), Wisconsin will open on Saturday August 31st, according to one reader. Along with this opening, the Apple Store in Wellington, Florida, will be holding the grand opening on August 17th (as noted yesterday).
StudioLink allows the transmission of video and other data via 1394 over optical fiber up to 1,000 meters without signal degradation or the need for additional repeaters or boosters. Uses include transfering large video or data via FireWire at speeds of 500 Mbps. Each kit includes one repeater and a power adapter priced at $699.
Ambrosia Software has released the source code to Trinity, a plugin that adds significant enhancements to the role playing game, Pillars of Garendall (which was updated yesterday).
CompuCable has announced the FIREXPRESS 250 Combo hard drive, which features FireWire and USB 2.0 compatibility. The portable drives, which work with Mac OS 9 & X, is available in 20GB ($200), 30GB ($250), 40GB ($300) and 60GB ($620) sizes.
piPop 2.0.3 is a file navigator and launcher for Mac OS 9 & X. It allows users to access any file quickly with a single click. The update renders menus 200% faster than 1.x versions and operates considerably more smoothly than previous versions.
Other World Computing has introduced the 7200RPM Mercury Elite FireWire/USB 2.0 Combo hard drive. The Mac OS compatible drive ranges from 40GBs to 120GBs and features transfer rates of up to 480Mbps with USB 2.0 and 400Mbps with FireWire. Prices range from $190 for the 40GB model up to $300 for the 120GB drive.
World War II Online, a new multi-player online war game, has opened beta testing to all Mac users. Mac OS X and a 32MB 3D graphics card are required.
Terra Soft has announced the availability of Apple computers with Yellow Dog Linux pre-installed. PowerMac G4s, iBooks, G4 iMacs are available and automatically boot into Yellow Dog Linux. Xserves will soon be available.
Switcheroo 1.0 is a dock replacement for Mac OS X that \"makes up for the Dock\'s shortcomings.\" The $10 shareware utility, which looks like a traditional taskbar, does away with unnamed Dock icons and only shows an applications name.
Synchronize! Pro X 2.0b1 is a free beta of the Mac OS X backup and file synchronization utility. The beta version makes bootable Mac OS X system backups while logged in as a regular user. The free beta period extends to August 28.
Tri-CATALOG 5.06 is a file and picture cataloger for Mac OS 9 & X. It provides a powerful search tool for CDs, DVDs, FireWire hard drives and more. The update features several improvements: user interface improvements under Mac OS X, new picture formats are recognized and drag and drop problem fixed. The update is free; a full license is $100.
A free seminar from Apple invites interested individuals to see Xserve and Mac OS X Server 10.2, Apple\'s 1U rack-mountable server solution, in person. The seminar will teach attendees about the Xserve technology and different situations it can be used in, new Mac OS X Server 10.2 features and more.
Three REALbasic plug-ins have been updated by Alfred Van Hoek: HTMLrendering 2.2, cIconButtons 2.1 and NavDialog 2.7. HTMLrendering 2.2 exploits the HTML rendering capabilities of the Mac OS. The update fixes major rendering flaws and other bugs. cIconButtons 2.1 is a plugin where various buttons are grouped into one control which makes it easier to have a homing button together with a goBack and goForward button. NavDialog 2.7 provides better support for the Navigation Services available for the Mac OS. The update fixes different bugs that caused crashes. An amateur license is available for free; academic and professional licenses are also available, for $12 and $40, respectively.
Desideratum\'s Praeco 1.0 is a new tool ($30) for eBay buyers and sellers, which claims to \"assist users by maintaining a categorized database of auctions the user wishes to monitor, searching eBay for new auctions, and placing automated bids for the user at specified times.\" It offers a hierarchical organization, customizable view opions, automatic update options, a bidding engine for placing bids at specificed times, and built-in search functions. A limited demo is available. [Classic, OSX]
The DVD+RW Alliance today announced the specifications for 4x DVD+R recording speeds and for the smaller 8cm DVD+RW/+R media, allowing DVD recorders and data drives to record at 44 Mb/sec for improved performance. The 8cm form factor is designed to enable compatibility with existing PCs with DVD-ROM and DVD players and offers disc capacities of 1.46GB. Pioneer, part of the DVD Forum and manufacturer of Apple\'s SuperDrives, recently said it would introduce products based on the 4X DVD-R spec, which directly competes with the DVD+RW/+R format, later this year. DVD Forum says that the 4X DVD-R spec is expected to be approved next month.
Pepsan has updated two of its free OS X utilities for Jaguar: AysMon provides an \"at-a-glance\" view of active network services and network interfaces; and Granet (Graph networking) is a utility that graphs the throughput of each active network interface on your computer. [AM, GT]
MacTelnet X Preview 2 is a preview of the OS X-based terminal application that offers support for AppleScript, sophisticated terminal emulation, macros, the floating command line and Tektronix vector graphics as well as the ability to interface directly with the UNIX layer to run applications locally in a MacTelnet terminal window. The pages notes a few problems when running under Jaguar, which are expected to be addressed by the time it ships.
Northern Softworks today released ClipDoubler Pro 1.0, its $15 clipboard enhancement utility, offering unlimited clipboards, search functions, shortcuts (to copy time, date, ip address), drag & drop to copy file pathnames, shortcuts to process text on the clipboard, the ability to save to disk, user-defined hotkeys, and other features. For a limited time, a free Trash X registration is offered with each ClipDoubler Pro registration.
SyncDeK 4.1 provides field-level conflict resolution, distributed ownership-based access control, conditional sharing options, and enhanced security via encryption and incremental sync updates. SyncDeK\'s Version Update Manager also allows developers to automate the process of distributing design changes for the database structure itself. Version 4.1 adds better conditional sharing, FileMaker 6 support, support for OS X, new local testing tools, IMAP support and container field support.
Blackmagic Design and AJA Video have released a public beta of Kona Film SD 2.1b3, a new software upgrade for its realtime capture and playback Kona SD PCI card. The free update provides 24 fps motion picture editing and design, which includes an \"inverse telecine\" process that removes the 3:2 pulldown added to the video by the telecine film scanner, and provides clean artifact free 24 fps video. Kona Film 24 frame support is available at uncompressed 10-bit, uncompressed 8-bit, and Online JPEG video quality modes.
IBM is expected to disclose the technical details of its new 64-bit PowerPC microprocessor designed for desktops and entry-level servers at the upcoming Microprocessor Forum in October. The design, based on the Power4 design which the company uses in high-end servers, is an 8-way superscalar design that fully design supports Symmetric MultiProcessing (SMP). The chip also has an AtliVec-like vector processing unit that implements over 160 specialized vector instructions and implements a system interface capable of up to 6.4GB/s.
Selznick Scientific\'s SmartWrap 2.2 adds a new OS X installer, an unlimited size clipboard, and other enhancements to the text utility that analyzes text, detects paragraphs and lists, and rewraps the text. It is available as a text services plugin for OS X, a Eudora plugin, a clipboard application, an AppleScript Addition, a BBEdit/MailSmith/CodeWarrior plugin, a REALbasic plugin, and as AppleScripts for use with Outlook Express, Claris E-Mailer, and PowerMail. Upgrades to the $18 utility are free for v2.0 owners and $10 for others.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives