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Independent film producer and Mac fan 'Phil' let us know about a short film he produced for the TriggerStreet festival. In addition to taking advantage of Apple technology to make the film, "Cupid's Arrow" -- a story about a computer expert who looks for romance online -- also features Mac computers in the screenplay. The film is currently ranked sixth overall (of 180), and is pushing forward with a stream of positive feedback.
designobject today began shipping Acme Made's line of 'iCover' protective covers for Apple displays. Versions are available for Apple's 17- and 22/23-inch LCD displays, and well as its wide 17-inch iMac display ($37, $45 and $35, respectively). Shipping for orders inside the continental United States is free for "a limited time."
Mathematica Teacher's Edition for Mac OS X -- a special version of Wolfram Research's math software that allows teachers to create assignments and lesson -- is now a part of Apple's Math Curriculum Mobile Lab. The specialized suite enables teachers to create quizzes, tests, demonstrations and assignments. It is designed specifically for high school and community college teachers and professors.
Griffin Technology's PowerWave USB audio device was awarded "best of show" honors by MacWorld UK at the U.K. MacExpo. The unit includes RCA stereo inputs and outputs, in addition providing real-time headphone monitoring and stereo microphone input for recording. It also encloses a compact 20-watt amplifier for powering any set of un-powered speakers. Furthermore, the PowerWave is the only non-Apple device capable of driving the Apple Pro Speakers. Griffin also debuted its iCurve transparent laptop stand at the expo. The iCurve sells for $40; the PowerWave is not yet available.
Three Apple products are included in TechTV's list of the top twenty gifts for the holiday season. Apple has more products on the list than any other included manufacturer. The twenty items will be unveiled and examined on the popular technology network between Tuesday 11/26 and Friday 11/29.
ThinkFree today announced ThinkFree Office Family Edition, a single-residence, five-user ThinkFree Office license package available for $100. ThinkFree Office offers word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics applications in a single integrated Java-baseda productivity suite as well as integrated, Internet-based file sharing and storage. The Family Edition includes a total of five user licenses, as well as five accounts to ThinkFree's online file storage and web services called CyberdrivePlus. It is available as an upgrade to registered users through the ThinkFree website for $50.
Emagic has released Logic 5.5, a free update to software for digital audio and MIDI production with support for EXS24 MKII, more Audio Units, enhanced file support, an improved UI, and improved support for Music Effects.
MovieOut 1.01 is a $20 application streams movies to a DV device such as a DV camera. It supports AVIs and QT movies as well as MP3s and offers editing features as well as the ability to export to other movie formats. Version 1.01 adds the ability to refresh/Initialize the Video Output Component and can now auto-detect DV devices. A time-limited demo is available. [892KB] Jake MacMullin's JJEdit 1.0 is a light-weight Java IDE for Mac OS X. It includes a text editor featuring source code coloring and autocompletion of Java class names. It also links in with javac, the built in Java compiler and the built in Java runtime environment, allowing you to edit, compile and run Java programs from within one application. Version 1.0 of the $5 Cocoa-based application can also now generate JavaDocs and create double-clickable .jar files. [382KB] Voice Box 1.0 is a new application for Mac OS X that allows your Mac to speak text as you type and also save the text out as a spoken sound file. Users can modify the voices using pitch and rate and save the text AIFF sound files. It is $10. [104KB] Eyeballs 2.3, a $10 shareware "desktop critter" utility by Stick Software, put a "set of eyeballs in your menu bar or on your desktop. The eyes watch the cursor move around as you work. They get sleepy depending on how busy you're keeping the cursor, and they blink periodically. They are extremely configurable, in terms of the colors they use, their eyelid and pupil style, how sleepy they are, and a bunch of other things." [262KB] Fourth World has released WebMerge 2.1, an update to its application that generates static Web pages from database or spreadsheet data. The new version adds five new tags for use in its templates to assemble and link Web content. The $80 tool works with any database or spreadsheet that exports in tab-delimited, Merge, or other tabular format, including FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Access, and AppleWorks. [Classic, OSX]
KB roundup: Apple reports an incompatibility between Quark Xpress 4 and the ATI Radeon 7500 video card for Mac OS 9 users; it also explains how to add Terminal Scripts for (PPP) modem connections and has posted the man pages for the automount command, which are missing in Mac OS X 10.2.
MacNN reader Gary Allen continues to provide details on the Apple Store Bay Street, which is scheduled to hold its grand opening this Saturday (November 23rd): "The Bay Street Apple Store had what employees called a 'soft opening' on Wednesday the 20th, the official opening day of the Bay Street complex of shops. Many stores weren't open, but the Apple Store had been ready for a week. The 'narrow' variety store employees were friendly and the store looks great--a worker was moving from podium to podium with polish and a cloth, touching up the many plexiglass brochure and card holders. Apparently 180,000 e-mails were recently sent to Bay Area Macintosh enthusiasts to advertise this Saturday's opening, and there's word of an all-night, first-in-line vigil. Check photos of the distinctive and impressive glass and metal front of the store."
Squirrel Software's CEO Nick Vellios let us know that its product Visual MacStandardBasic (VMSB) is for sale: "Visual MacStandardBasic was one of the first Basic development environments for the Macintosh and one of the first Visual Development Environments ever created. The software dates back to the late 80's early 90's and has been a large part of the Macintosh development community the whole time. Unfortionately Squirrel Software staff (including myself) have decided to go our own ways. The company will still be alive, but we haven't the time and manpower to complete such a project."
Red Dye #3 has begun shipping Metal Gear, its first product line. Metal Gear is a collection of functional and stylish desk accessories that offer a "consistent look and tremendous durability to the business or home office." The line includes a Portable Computer Stand, an iPod Stand, CD/DVD Storage Solutions and the Data Garage. Each is made from metal and provides both organization as well as style. Each product is finished in a medium gray color. [pricing not available]
Infinisys announced last week that it had begun online sales of the English version of its popular 'Mail Magic 2' HTML email software for Mac OS X. Mail Magic 2 ($25) comes with a large number of templates for creating stylized emails. It also includes the ability to generate personalized mass emails by referring to contact information stored in a database. Contact information can be input directly into Mail Magic 2.0, or imported in the form of CSV files saved from other applications.
Apple U.K. has apparently suspended its 'Double your RAM' promotion -- which allows purchases of new Macs to get twice the memory for £28.20/US$40 -- and replaced it with a "Reduced RAM price" offer. The U.S. Apple store continues to offer the promotion, and maintains that it will continue until December 31.
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Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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.