Forbes.com speculates on the upcoming release of updated iPods in its business roudup for upcoming week: "...the Apple rumor mill is bubbling up with buzz about an upgrade to Apple's popular iPod digital music player. Japan's Toshiba is said to have developed a 40-gigabyte version of the 1.8-inch hard drive that would be the heart of the new iPod. Neither Apple nor Toshiba has said anything about either the iPod or the existence of the drive... new iPods do see the light of day, chances are it will happen on a Tuesday. If the last few months are any indicator, Apple tends to favor Tuesdays for new product announcements."
PodPod, an elegant easel for your iPod, is now available from Chally Micro solutions for an introductory price of $13: "For as little as one third the price of alternatives, the PodPod protects the iPod's surface with small rubber bumpers to apply wherever you like, and holds it at a comfortable and convenient angle. It works great with most covers, such as the Groove Jacket."
The Iconfactory has released IconBuilder Pro 4.0, its professional icon construction filter for Adobe Photoshop. Version 4.0 adds support for Open/Drop folder states in Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar, featurs to improve speed and ease-of-use with QuickBuild, an expanded User's Guide with new tips and tricks, and improved user interface. Upgrades to the $70 product are $20. It requires Photoshop 7 and Mac OS X. [2.7MB] DiVA 1.0b3 features new GUI layout, datarate calculation improvements, improved framerates with NTSC, and new aspect ratio calculation based on ITU standard. DiVA is High Speed, High Quality MPEG-2 to QuickTime transcoder which features an all YUV graphics pipeline and pro-level image scaling, for maximum image fidelity. The built in crop/scale panel and support for NTSC 3:2 pull-down makes video manipulation simple: "Combined with 3ivx D4 4.0.3 DiVA achieves framerates in excess of 40fps on a Dual-1GHz G4." [581KB] Black Cat Systems has released Diet Sleuth 4.0.1, which includes improvements to the report package, as well as several bug fixes to the company's $35 nutritional database and personal health logbook. It allows you to keep track of what foods you eat each day, and their nutritional value. [Classic, OSX] The freeware PictureMe 0.98 provides an easy way to add pictures to the people in your Address Book: "Simply open a picture file or drag a photo from iPhoto. Crop the picture and drag and drop on the Address Book panel. Perfect for adding multiple people images into your Address Book from one group photo." It works on Mac OS X 10.2 only. [196KB] August Software has updated its Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) networking system, ODBC Router, adding full support for the new ODBC features built-in to Mac OS X 10.2 and FileMakerPro, as well as providing substantial performance improvements, a free evaluation mode, enhanced network database browsers and special support for applications that pass images as SQL query-parameters. ODBC Router connects Macs, Linux boxes and PCs to standard Windows database drivers installed on a central Windows computer. Pricing starts at $100.
REAL Software today released REALbasic 5 for Macintosh, its development tool for creating software for Macintosh and Windows. The new version includes enhanced support for Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" including drawers, brushed-metal windows and toolbars.
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US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB