Gateway today unleashed an aggressive ad campaign that seeks to derail Apple\'s recent marketing efforts. The new Gateway television ads, which the company expects will be viewed by 83 percent of Americans an average of 14 times in September, challenges the iMac\'s performance and value. Taking on the iMac, is the Profile 4, an x86 PC that is built around a 17\" flat-panel display. Taking its assault one step further, the ad ends when the Profile 4 \"spits out\" its drive drawer at the iMac in mocking fashion.
AfterTen Software has posted WeatherManX.menu 2.1 and WeatherManX.saver 1.0 -- updates to its Mac OS X menu bar and screensaver add-ons for weather news. The $5 shareware package works under any version of Mac OS X, but requires Unsanity\'s Menu Extra Enabler under OS X 10.2. The WeatherManX series includes support for multiple cities, Imperial and Metric units, forecasts by city, ZIP code or state, weather alters, proxy support and sunrise/set times.
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire shapes Vol. 14 - spherical 3D shapes -- a new royalty-free set of custom shapes for Photoshop 6.0-7.0 and Elements. The £7 ($10) set contains over 100 complex 3D spherical shapes.
Microsoft has reposted its Palm Conduits for Entourage X and many readers have reported success using updated conduits. It is available in several languages.
We\'ve started our Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Report, which includes links to recent software, informational articles, compatibility, and other reports. We encourage readers to submit (confirmed) information to firstname.lastname@example.org (even if it is available in our forums or elsewhere on the Web) so we can continue to compile the information into a single database. New links and info include information on CUPS printing (including enabling the Stylus Scan 2500), prebinding under OS X 10.2, OfficeJet G55 issues, and several other notes. We have dated the information and welcome feedback on improving the information layout and update process.
Mac users are already taking advantage of the latest technologies implemented in Mac OS X 10.2 Prior to the initial \"Jaguar\" announcement, an acquisition \"CUPS\" printing technology by Apple caught the attention of publishing professionals. CUPS is an efficient and widely-adopted printer management/queue system for UNIX systems. As power users begin to experiment with the new technology, found in Mac OS X 10.2, questions are beginning to arise about its implementation. This brief tutorial explains its configuration.
Heuris today announced that its new DVD ConnexIT software is now available for purchase from its online store. Heurisí ConnexIT allows Adobe Premiere users to import, read and edit video in various DVD formats. The $250 suite is intended specifically for owners of DVD recorders such as Panasonicís E30 series or their new professional T3030 recorder, because it offers specialized automation for such devices.
Epson today announced its Stylus C62, which replaces the Stylus C60, sells for $80 (after a $20 mail-in rebate) and the Epson Stylus C82, which replaces the Stylus C80 ($150). Both feature faster print speeds, support for EXIF, and technology for variable drop sizes and higher optimized resolution.
Bains Software\'s Son of Weather Grok 4.2.1, the popular desktop weather application fixes the Query feature, which was broken by an NOAA website update, and \"makes it much easier to set up forecasts.\" The freeware displays a variety of information for an unlimited number of cities, can optionally display info in the dock (menu support is forthcoming), and offers 10-day forecasts.
Ben Bird\'s SecuritySpy 1.0b9 is an update to his multi-camera video surveillance software that works with any Mac-compatible video input device, captures and displays live video from multiple cameras simultaneously, and offers highly optimized motion detection as well as configurable compression settings for movies and images, automatic ftp upload to remote sites, and frame-timestamping. The update offers a browser to view captured footage, improved video performance under OS X, an option to create fast-start movies, and the ability to execute an AppleScript upon motion detection. The application is compatible with both Classic and OS X and is $50 for a single camera and $100 for up to 4 cameras. [Classic, OSX]
EchoFX has announced the immediate availability of XLR8\'s InterView Hardware devices. InterView Lite, a USB device that provides the ability to import analog video into Macs via the USB port, is available for OS X only for $40 and is bundled with the InterView 2.1 software, which provides the ability to view, capture and export video at 352 x 240, 29.97 fps It is compatible with all OS X based QuickTime capture applications including Adobe Premiere, BTV, and QuickTime Broadcaster. InterView Lite includes Econ Technologies\' ImageCaster webcam software.
Following our note about two new Apple Store openings this week, Michael Weidlick notes another store is set to open in St. Louis in one month: \"Westfield is building a new mall and it is listed in the directory.\"
Channel†Storm has updated Live†Channel†Pro†1.4.1, which includes Jaguar support, improved performance, multilingual support, MPEG-4 video streaming and several bug fixes. Live†Channel creates a virtual live television studio on any Mac without any additional hardware, performing real-time video production and streaming in a single software application. It includes Live†Presenter, for delivering dynamic on-line presentations by synchronizing the live broadcast with rich media, including slides, photos, graphs, animations, text and Web pages. Live†Channel†Pro also simultaneously records both the live broadcast and the synchronized rich media, making the whole experience available for on- demand viewing.
Peter Roman and Brad Wilkens provided more info on the Jaguar and Radeon PCI cards incompatibility noted this morning.
SquidCam v1.0 is a new videoconferencing application ($25) for Mac OS X. The video chat application intended for use with broadband connections, enabling users to \"have a conversation with one or more people using SquidCam over a network (LAN and/or Internet) connection. SquidCam features audio and video connectivity, as well as text messaging, all without the need of a special service.\"
Scott Forbes has released AquaAboutBox 1.0, a set of REALbasic window templates available in the public domain that follow Apple\'s Aqua Human Interface Guidelines for an about box. His Undo Toolkit 4.5.1, available under the GPL, is a set of classes and class interfaces that support unlimited multiple undo and redo in REALbasic. Colourfull Creations has updated its Calendar Class 2.0 ($25 with source, $5 without source) for inserting calendars into REALbasic projects. [AAB, UTK,CC]
WiebeTech\'s FireWire DriveDock is now shipping with CD/DVD compatibility, allowing users to attach any external hard drive or CD/DVD to a computer\'s FireWire port. The $130 device includes a drive baseplate, a universal AC adapter, and works without drivers under both Classic and Mac OS X.
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WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-√Člys√©es. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel