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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE