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We are now developing a catalog of known iMovie 3 bugs, incompatibilities, and noteworthy features. We ask those users experienced with the software to contribute any relevant findings.
Microsoft is talking to Apple to avoid a challenge to a planned $1.1 billion antitrust settlement the computer maker claims gives Microsoft an unfair advantage in the education market, according to Bloomberg. "Microsoft has agreed to settle California consumer lawsuits accusing it of violating state antitrust law and driving up software prices. Apple, whose sales to U.S. schools fell 15 percent last year, says the agreement that would give Microsoft products to California schools amounts to unfair competition. "The talks indicate that Microsoft is seeking to prevent a prolonged battle to win court approval for the settlement, analysts say. Apple's complaints helped derail a proposed Microsoft settlement in 2001. By insisting the new agreement provide only cash, Apple is trying to protect its sales to schools. Microsoft says the settlement is fair."
MacWise 10.3.1 adds transparent windows and bug fixes to the $100 emulation utility. Among the problems addresses with the release, are bugs related to VT220 emulation. The addition of window transparency allows the user to see what's behind a MacWise window. [Download - 1.6MB] Fidelity Media released an update to its MegaSeg application for radio music automation and mobile DJ mixing. The MegaSeg 2.5.4 release includes improvements to Playlist Events, Hot Keys, administration mode protection, and importing entire drive volumes. It also solves problems that could prevent MegaSeg from launching if the user's hard drive contains bullet points in the name, or if the documents folder does not have the proper permissions. MegaSeg is available for $170. [Download - 2.2MB] Alfred 1.4.1 is an easy to use, customizable, universal plug-ins manager for Mac OS X, inspired by Mac OS 9's Extensions Manager. Version 1.4.1 is a minor update that focuses on "improving managers refresh performances and user interface." Alfred can be used to manage add-ons such as screen savers, preference panes, and fonts. [Download - 1.2MB] ALPS Electric has released Mac OS X drivers for its MicroDry color printers, including the MD-5000, MD-1300, and MD-1000 models. The printer units, which could print metallic colors, as well as opaque white, are no longer available. [Download - 2.5MB] Stone Design today updated a number of components from its Stone Studio suite.
MacResQ announced today a new Canadian repair service as part of their PowerBookResQ repair program. The new service offers Canadian PowerBook and iBook owners "an affordable source for service parts and labor" with PowerBookResQ's quick turnaround and convenience. The cost of the new PowerBookResQ Canada service is just CDN$180 (US$115), accepted in U.S. or Canadian funds. This includes the 3-way express shipping, the initial diagnostic service, and the PowerBox, which the customer may keep for future use.
We've published a special report containing a timeline of events and reader reports relating to Apple's new 12" PowerBook. Included are user reports of unit overheating and shipment notices.
The VideoLAN team has released VLC 0.5.0, an update to its cross-platform multimedia player. It can read from network (UDP, RTP, HTTP, ipv4 or ipv6), file or DVD and supports multiple media formats MPEG1/2 PS/TS, MP3, DivX, Mpeg4, OggVorbis codecs, etc. It adds DVD navigation, a new stream output architecture, allowing to act as a stream server, a new audio output architecture (with S/PDIF support, multi-channel support, volume setting), new codecs (Ogg/Vorbis, AAC, ADPCM, Xvid, DV), support for DivX subtitles, a Mozilla plugin based on VLC, and localization support. The freeware runs on Mac OS X only. [3.4MB]
HEMERIS Computing today the public availability of raw computing power based on 64 dual-PowerMac cluster. Computing power will be sold on "pay per use" model. Prices start below $1 per processor/hour. The company say it is also building a huge supercomputer (around 2500 processors) based on "in-house" designed dual PowerPC blades to sell computing power to labs, R&D departments, and universities.
WiebeTech has cut prices on select models of its high-performance desktop drives, including DesktopGB (FireWire/USB2 drive); DesktopGB+ (fanless aluminum FireWire Drive); Super DesktopGB (bus-powered FireWire drive); and UltraGB, the bus-powered, fanless, transportable FireWire drive in an aluminum enclosure. WiebeTech has also added two new high performance configurations to the UltraGB, bus-powered transportable drives. These two new configurations utilize 80GB ($360) and 120GB ($400) drives with 7200RPM spindle speeds. WeibeTech reduced prices by $20 on its 80GB (now $200) and 120GB (now $260) on its DesktopGB models; by up to $50 on its DesktopGB+ models; and up to $120 on its UltraGB.
PayGo POS 1.7 for MacOS X handles sales, inventory management, purchase orders, customer tracking and much more with an intuitive and refreshing interface. PayGo works with point-of-sale hardware to provide a POS transaction for both users and customers, including a bar-coding inventory management system. Pricing is $200 with a monthly fee based on transactions or $1,300 for yearly license. The Omni Group has released a beta update to OmniWeb, the web browser built exclusively for Mac OS X. OmniWeb 4.2b1 adds preferences to improve the process of downloading files and to allow the management of Internet plug-ins. It also includes a new 'Send Link' function and a new 'Zoomed Text Editor' lets you input large amounts of text into forms more easily. [3.5MB] DEVONthink Personal Edition 1.5 is "revolutionary" information manager and freeform database. The new version further improves reliability and the overall user experience, introduces a German localization, improves performance, adds simple AppleScript support and fixes some minor and major bugs. Version 1.5 alsoincludes improved PDF support, better parsing and displaying of HTML pages, better data security, verifies and repairs more database structures, and custom database locations. The Mac OS X utility is $45. [2.2MB]
An Infoworld interview with †Apple Senior VPs Avie Tevanian and Jon Rubinstein discuss the convergence of business and consumer markets in Keynote and iLife as well as other issues such as the launch of AirPort Extreme based on "unapproved" 802.11g technology and the target audience for the new 17-inch PowerBook G4 notebooks.
OneStat.com announced that Apple's Safari browser has shown a fast adoptation rate with a global usage share of 0.11 percent in the first weeks of its public launch, besting Opera 7 (only available for Windows), which has a global usage share of 0.03 percent in the first weeks of its public launch. Microsoft dominates the browser market with a 95.2 percent global usage share market, while Netscape is 2.9 percent and the global usage share of Netscape 7 is 0.64 percent.
Adobe's new "Work Smart. Save Big" promo is a new rebate program offering savings on new purchases of two or more Adobe products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, Premiere, and After Effects as well as Adobe Web Collection and Adobe Design Collection. Adobe is offering a rebate of $75 on two or more products that total at least $350 or $150 back on products that cost $750. The promotion ends April 30, 2003.
The SF Chronicle's Henry Norr writes "Apple has been hit by a growing number of lawsuits filed by Mac dealers who are upset by the company's alleged efforts to lure their customers to outlets that Apple owns. They are also fed up with what they say are long-standing problems in the company's service and billing systems."
Sharp has announced two new LCD monitors: the LL-T17D3 is a 17-inch LC with integrated stereo speakers and is compatible with both analog and digital video inputs, supports SXGA resolution (1280x1024), and offers 250-nit brightness and 500:1 contrast ratio as well as a 17ms response rate and color management functions. It is available now for $500. The new 18-inch Sharp LL-T18A1, a dual-input LCD monitor (both analog and digital), offers a viewing angle of 160-degrees, a contrast ratio of 350:1 and a brightness of 250 nits, and features white balance (color temperature) adjustment and color management functions. It is available in black or white for $700.
Canon today announced its i70 Color Bubble Jet Printer, its new portable printer, which replaces the BJC-85. It features 13 ppm monochrome/9ppm color print speeds, up to 4800x1200 color dpi resolution, Bubble Jet Direct printing from select Canon digital cameras and digital video camcorders, borderless printing and advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology. An optional $100 Portable Kit includes a Lithium Ion battery with a 450-page life per two-hour charge. The $300 printer is expected to ship later this February 2003. The new Canon i950 Photo Printer doubles the maximum print resolution to 4800x1200 dpi from the S900's maximum resolution, offers two-picoliters ink droplets for better photo printing in the mid-range tones, and Vivid Photo, which "actively exceeds the sRGB-based color matching of conventional monitors to produce more life-like colors." Both printers will ship wtih Easy-PhotoPrint, PhotoRecord, PhotoStitch, ZoomBrowser and ImageBrowser. An updated Canon driver also features a new Photo Noise Reduction function.
Copernicus 1.2 allows you to capture and handle screenshots in Mac OS X. Verson 1.2 of the $10 shareware adds a simplified preview window, the ability to hide the dock icon, resizable and draggable selection tools, the ability to adjust the watermark and the cursor display, improved movie capture, and other enhancements. It is $10. [920KB] Parker Software's Archer 2.3.2 adds a custom background selection using the color picker to the free slide show player and image viewer for Mac OS X. [1.0MB] Bleu Rose has released Black & Bleu 7.1, an update to its comprehensive collection of Macintosh OS error codes with a detailed explanation and suggestions for dealing with many of the errors. It also includes 500 Sad Mac error codes and all 30 PostScript error codes. The standard version is $30 while the Pro version ($130) adds export features. [2.1MB] Key Xing 2.6 is an update to Luma Code's $7 shareware utility that allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. Version 2.6 adds a Google search window, application-specific hot keys, UI improvements, and also disables the Force-Quit option while the screen saver is active. [891KB] MP3 Sushi beta allows you to turn your Mac into a Jukebox or a Radio broadcast station. The two application bundle can share and stream and share your music over a local network or the Internet. The Mac OS X-only software uses Rendezvous technology and can automatically locate other Jukebox and Radio servers. The "sushi-ware" product is now in beta. [1.1MB] Kairos 1.1 is a $15 weather graphing and monitoring application for Mac OS X: "[it] records the weather conditions for any location you specify and graphs the data. Current weather conditions can be spoken and displayed in the dock. In addition Kairos can monitor the temperature and send out warning emails if it detects the conditions are becoming icy." It adds dock-based display of weather info, UI enhancements to the preferences, and improved notification. [725KB] Version 4.1.2 of PowerMail can now import tab delimited or LDIF address files even, improves key word searching, has AppleScript improvements, and other enhancemens. The $50 email client offers Mac OS X Address Book integration, inline spell-checking and multi-level Undo as well as support for POP3, IMAP 4rev1, SMTP protocols as well as APOP and ESMTP authentication standards. [5.0MB] Red Stone Software's OSXvnc 1.1 is a full featured VNC server providing remote access to the GUI, keyboard and mouse using any VNC client. It adds scroll wheel support, can be restricted to local connections, has enhanced keyboard mapping preferences, and other bug fixes. [206KB] Pith 1.0b2 is a utility for Safari that tracks the currently open sites and displays them in a window: "If Safari crashes, relaunch it, and Pith can recover the windows that were open." [156KB]
RealViz is now shipping ReTimer SD for Mac OS X, a post-production video 'entry' retiming solution that provides a one-stop solution for time warping. ReTimer SD automatically generates new frames in between existing frames for high-quality slow downs or speed-ups--without the need for expensive slow motion cameras. Users can process images in SD Pal, or NTSC formats. The $800 plugin is compatible with After Effects 5.5 and other products, such as combustion and Final Cut Pro.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ¬≠Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
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