Knowledge Base roundup: If certain applications are open, there may be a delay of up to 30 seconds before a PowerBook or iBook goes to sleep after its cover is closed; the field in the 1-Click "Order Prints" window under iPhoto may show fewer print credits than you have (if you have a 100-print credit or more, you will only see the final two digits); Apple has published a direct download link and details of the recent Mac OS 9-only Power Mac SuperDrive Update; the Mac OS X 10.2.2 Finder on certain Power Mac G3 computers may fail to open if such a system is started in verbose mode.
A CNN Technology article favors Creative's Nomad Jukebox Zen over Apple's iPod, because of an attractive pricing scheme. "The Zen's silver case doesn't have the milky white hipness of Apple's iPod jukebox. And this unit is bulkier than an iPod [...] but the $299 price after a $50 mail-in rebate is about $200 less than a [20GB] iPod." Both units include 20GB hard disks, but the Zen is not Mac-compatible, has stronger copy-protection, and some say sports a less-intuitive user interface. The Nomad Zen debuted in October. Update: Interestingly, Time Magazine has ranked the iPod as the best "expensive" MP3 player, and credited the Zen as the best moderately-priced player.
Apple today announced that its online store had its millionth unique customer this week. The Apple Store makes it easy to customize and purchase Mac-related software and hardware. Apple offers several international online stores, and a host of handy shopping features, including "1-Click" purchasing.
Added: Dejal Systems today released Simon 1.0, a powerful new Mac OS X "site monitor." This application checks user-specified Web and/or FTP sites at a desired frequency, and indicates when they change or become unavailable. "Basic" pricing begins at $30, while "enterprise" pricing is $200. [1.7MB] Photologist 1.1 is a $20 shareware photo management application for Mac OS X. The latest release adds QuickTime-based slideshow movies with 100 transition effects, printable layout templates, a screen capture utility, and a contact sheet generator as well as other improvements. [2.7MB] Granted Software's Still Life 1.2 gians PAL DV export, new French- and German- versions, and other enhancements. Still Life allows you to pan and zoom any number of pictures, and export the result as a QuickTime movie or DV stream. [372KB] HTTP Client Deux v1.1.1 is a maintenance update to Sky Technologies' 4D component for managing HTTP and HTTPS requests. Version 1.1.1 addresses issues with plug-in conflicts within 4D. HTTP Client Deux provides many automation and management functions for use in writing HTTP request and response processing code. [877KB] The second beta release of Snood for Mac OS X has been released. Snood is a $15 "non-confrontational" puzzle game for Macintosh, Windows and Palm. [2.1MB]
ADS Technologies will demonstrate three new PYRO 1394/FireWire products at DV Expo West, Los Angeles PYRO DV RaidRT is a hardware-based FireWire-based, four-bay RAID enclosure (which accommodates Ultra ATA 100 hard drives) with internal dual-channel RAID controllers and also includes 64 MB SDRAM for cache memory. It supports RAID level 0, 1, 0+1, 3 or 5; the drives are hot swappable and one drive can also be used as a hot spare. It is due later this month for $1500. PYRO A/V Link is a Firewire-based universal video capture device designed for both analog and digital video. It can capture analog video through RCA, S-VHS or Component Video to DV video format and output to DV or analog tape. It also enables users to connect analog and digital devices without a computer. It is also due later this month for $250. The ultra-portable PYRO DV DRIVE enables videographers to capture digital video files directly from their DV camcorder to its hard drive via a FireWire connection. It features a 20GB hard drive and a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery enclosed in a sleek silver and charcoal grey case about the size of a PDA. It can be charged through the FireWire bus or through the included power supply. The $600 drive includes a six pin-to-four pin FireWire cable, six pin-to-six pin FireWire cable, power supply, and leather carrying case. It is expected to ship later this month.
radioio, an Internet-only radio station, has partnered with Limelight Networks and Apple to launch a new Internet radio station based on MPEG-4 using a combination of QuickTime Broadcaster, QuickTime Streaming Server 4 and the QuickTime 6 MPEG-4 codec" "We believe strongly that MPEG-4 will very soon become the industry standard for webcasting. It is already becoming the industry standard for the delivery of audio and video via cellular in much of Europe and most of Asia."
Business Week says that Apple stock may be on the verge of climbing given analyst predictions of its sales numbers, overall 2003 earnings, and increased traffic at Apple Stores.
Apple has posted a Mac OS 9 version of its PowerMac SuperDrive Update for Mac OS 9, which addresses an incompatibility with 4x DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW media and also enables users to eject audio CDs that are copy-protected or have mastering errors. [2.5MB] Virtual Composer 3.5 is a graphical multichannel musical compiler, sequencer and analyzer for the Macintosh, designed for perfect execution of complex polyphonic music using QuickTime's Musical Instruments Architecture. The $50 shareware for Mac OS 9 adds export of Binary Documents as either AIFF or MIDI, the ability to edit the internal disassembled code that's passed to QuickTime's tune player, new templates, and import of System 7 sound files. Adobe's Premier 6.5 Mac Capture update fixes a problem that causes slow refresh during capture. [153KB]
Apple's DVD Studio Pro 1.5.2 (for Mac OS X only) addresses issues with setting dual layer break points on DVD-9 projects and flagging of Dolby Digital 5.1 streams: "DVD Studio Pro 1.5.2 has been qualified for use with QuickTime 6 and Mac OS X v10.2. Users running earlier versions of Mac OS X should continue to use QuickTime 5.x." Upgrades to the $1000 professional are $200.
Marketcircle has released DayLite 1.2.1, adding a Data Converter for converting Personal files to a Business database, a new Business Installer and the ability to export any selected records from your list view to the pasteboard or to a text file in tab delimited format. A single-user license of the sales and contact management tool is $150 (upgrades from the personal edition are $60).
Apago has released a free update to its PDF optimization tools, PDFshrink and PDFshrink Lite. Version 2.1 features several new optimization techniques and user interface improvements. PDFshrink Lite users now have the choice to enable or disable image resolution downsampling and the removal of the standard 14 fonts. [Full, Lite]
Mireth Technology has released a Mac OS X version of NetShred, its $20 privacy utility. NetShred X 3.0.1 for Macintosh shreds web browser cache, browser history files, email trash, IE download cache and Apple junk mail. It runs automatically when you quit from your browser or email application. Upgrades are $10. [1.1MB=] More Smileys for iChat 0.9 adds emoticons (i.e., the MSN Icons) to Apple's iChat utility. [937KB] Kepmad Systems released ImageBuddy 2.7.1, an update to to its $17 printing utility. It adds support for side by side image compare and transparent text water marking. [Classic, OSX]
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN