Apple India is working behind scenes to bring about a radical change in its channel sales, according to Cyber India Online's Ciol: "Apple sells through Ingram Micro and Neoteric apart from selling directly in India. With a new thrust to target sectors such as SOHO, SMB, Education, Home and Unix users, the company plans to entrust specialist resellers and sales support partners. The process is on and is slowly and silently being put in place."
Following up on comments generated yesterday, we've started a new Tax Cut Special Report, adding an explanation for the delays in the federal and state filing forms and other notes by readers running the application. We also updated our 12" Aluminum PowerBook report, adding a note about solving some DVD playback issues and a note from Switcher "Mac-Mike" about AirPort signal strength and heat issues (The report also now has a contents area and hyperlinks to the newest reports).
Apple KB roundup: Apple explains how to resolve an issue in which you may not be able to delete a "partial" file, such as an incomplete download, or any incompletely copied file that appears with a generic icon; iMovie 3 may stop responding or unexpectedly quit when choosing a menu item while iMovie previews an effect; Apple has a workaround for accelerating the Quark XPress 5.01 updater; the new iMacs are not among the listed computers that only startup and run Mac OS X (only the new 12" and 17" PowerBooks and the new FireWire 800 Power Macs).
Apple will open one of its retail stores at Sacramento's Arden Fair this Spring, according to the Sacramento Bee: "Apple spokeswoman Jane Rauckhorst said the company would not comment on unannounced store openings. But Chris Facas, senior manager at Arden Fair, confirmed Apple had signed papers Wednesday to move into 3,600 square feet previously occupied by the jeweler Bailey, Banks & Biddle. He said Apple would likely move in after renovations are completed sometime in May."
Dockside for OS X 1.0 is a collection of helpful system and internet applets with a 'dock-like' interface. It includes 'applets' on system info display, system stats.load monitor, analog clock with visual alarm, a calendar with visual alarms, and a timer with count up/down functions and alarm. The $15 shareware is fully configurable (position, orientation, size/look, etc.) and is extensible through a theme-based interfaced. [317KB] iVCR will work with most dedicated webcams across the internet or on your local area network to create a sequence of QuickTime movies from a webcam. It can record from multiple cameras simultaneously. [216KB] iBlog is a desktop blogging application for authoring and publishing weblogs. It supports multiple weblogs and categories, one-click publishing, suscription and viewing of other weblogs, automatic generation of an RSS/XML file, and other features. It is $20 and runs on Mac OS X (although licenses will not be available until February 20th). [1.7MB] Robert Najlis has posted a Mac OS X port of fragstats, a spatial pattern analysis program for categorical maps: "This is only the raster code. I did not port the vector code, as it requires Arc/Info, which does not run on Mac OS X." [174KB] Caffeine Softare's Curator 3.1 is a shareware image display and organization application for Mac OS X. Version 3.1 adds image focus based on Shutter Speed, Aperture, or Focal Length, gamma adjustment for Web Builder and Export functions, Histogram (levels) for photo adjustment, an option to include 2x- and 4x-sized images, a larger slide show buffer, an improved Web Builder interface, and cached Image EXIF data for better searching. It is $20. NovaMind 1.4.1 is an application designed to organize thoughts, remember information, generate ideas, and focus on concepts within a project. It uses shape, position, color, size, and text to help organize ideas and concepts. Version 1.4.1 adds preliminary support for German localization, while the last major release added custom display of "mind maps," including show/hide of specific branches. The $60 software is available with a 30% discount to educational institutions. [3.6MB] MIDI patchbay 1.0 lets you hook up your various pieces of MIDI software and hardware and pass MIDI data between them and apply assorted filters (key splits, MIDI channel remapping, transposition, etc.). Version 1.0 adds support for saving patch setups. Meanwhile, SimpleSynth 0.7 takes input from a connected MIDI device and can play instruments from Soundfonts and DLS files including Apple's default General MIDI sound set. Both are available for free (as is the source code). [MPB, SS]
Booq's PowerBook sleeve, PowerSleeve12, is a convenient and stylish laptop sleeve optimized for the new 12" PowerBook G4. The black case (with dark grey flap) is made from real durable ballistic nylon; the padded, toploading laptop case with velcro flap offers room for your PowerBook's power adapter, iPod, and other accessories and features a detachable shoulder strap. It is $40 and available now.
Early registration for FMP World 2003, a premier event for FileMaker Pro database developers, administrators and consultants in K-12 and higher education, ends February 28, 2003. Attendees can save $100 off the $700 conference fee by registering on or before Friday, February 28, 2003. FMP World runs March 31 through April 1, 2003 at the Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Plano, Texas. The sessions are divided into three tracks, Foundation, Developer and Solutions. Each attendee will receive the FMP World 2003 Manual and CD-ROM with white papers and sample files from the speakers. Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks are included in the registration fee.
Marketcircle today announced DayLite, 1.3, which features a specialized importer for ACT! data, easying the migration for PC users to the Mac and for Mac OS 9 users to Mac OS X. DayLite is a contact and sales manager for small businesses. Version 1.3 also improves the import/export process, has a new manual, adds label printing, includes campaign management features, incorporates a call log, offers more custom field options, improves Adress Book sync, and now integrates with MailDrop, Freshly Squeezed Software's mass mailing tool. The personal edition is $95, while the Business Edition is $150.
Panic has released Transmit 2.3, an update to its popular $25 shareware ftp client for Mac OS X. It improves Rendezvous support, better supports integration with BBEdit, adds a new "Double Click Action" preference to configure Transmit's behavior when a file is double-clicked, and changes the method of deleting files for better compatibility with more servers as well as improved Japanese language support. [676KB] iDVDthemePAK.com today released two iDVD menu theme collections for Apple's iDVD 3.0. Each theme includes completely custom button designs and composite graphic backgrounds, including 6 motion themes and 2 still background themes in either PAL or NTSC formats. The menu themes in the collections include: Motor Sports, Retro TV, Ocean, Beach, Adventure, Cinema, Road Trip and more. Existing customers can update their 2.0 ThemePAKs with a free updater. Each iDVDThemePAK is $30 or both PAK 1 and 2 are available for $54. It requires iDVD 3.0. SilverNetworks today released an updated version of its free remote screen capture tool, Spy 1.01, which offers remote access to a snapshot of your screen (via a standard web browser) and other system info. The utility can transmit live images in either JPEG or PNG fromat, with options for picture quality and scale. Version 1.01 adds the ability to turn off Live, the ability to limit how many people can be connected to the Live stream at once, and blocks Safari v58 and below from viewing Live (formerly blocked v54 and below) because Safari does not support Server Push. [588KB] Audiocorder 3.7 adds timed recording, additional Applescript support, and other bug fixes to the $20 sophisticated audio recorder utility. It can operate as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder, can be programed with a recording schedule, or can record telephone conversations using your internal modem (Mac OS 9 only). It can also playback AIFF, WAVE, and mp3 sound files. [Classic, OSX] Dog Park Software has released iSpectrum Analyzer 0.1, an audio spectrum analyzer which allows users to view live audio in a standard frequency plot as well as a waterfall display. The user can adjust the display resolution and save images to disk. A $30 registration is required to work beyond the 5 minute time limit. [383KB] Sound Byte 2.02 turns your Mac into a "cart machine" for playing sound recordings--designed for DJs, radio stations and audio productions, to quickly and easily play a variety of recorded sounds, such as jingles, advertisements, songs, sound effects at sporting events, and more. Pricing starts at $25 for the shareware. [Classic, OSX] Black Cat Systems has released Diet Sleuth 4.0, a nutritional database and personal health logbook that tracks what foods you eat each day, and their nutritional value. It will automatically calculate your caloric intake, fat grams, carbohydrates, fiber, protein, cholesterol, along with sodium, potassium, and calcium. The $35 utility runs on Mac OS 9/X. [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