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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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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
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