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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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CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
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